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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dental Phobia?

Some people experience symptoms of dental phobia when they merely think about going to the dentist. If you have dental anxiety or dental phobia, you may experience any combination of these symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Racing heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Upset stomach
  • Visible distress, crying, or signs of panic
  • Increased gag reflex
  • Inability to remain still

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation differs from IV sedation. Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication the night before your dental appointment and another pill just before your dental work begins. The medication prescribed will make you relaxed and even tired, so you must have someone drive you to and from our office. Our sedation dentists will decide which medication is best for you once they have gathered a complete medical and dental history from you.

Our highly skilled sedation dentistry team will monitor your vitals during your appointment at our dental office, and we will do everything in our power to ensure you’re comfortable, relaxed, and calm. Many patients report having no memory of their dental work; this is a bonus of oral conscious sedation. Before prescribing any medication, your dentist will discuss other sedation options that may work for you.

Nu-Calm Drug-Free Sedation Dentistry

Our patients have had great results with traditional sedation dentistry, but some patients prefer to avoid the use of any medication. NuCalm is a new technology that uses neuroscience to help you relax at the dentist’s office without medication or nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

With this type of sedation dentistry, you need not do anything before your dental appointment because NuCalm takes less than five minutes to administer after you’ve arrived for your dental appointment.

NuCalm uses four elements to help you achieve a relaxed state:

  • All-natural supplements
  • Microcurrent stimulation patches
  • Noise-dampening headphones that deliver relaxing sounds
  • Light-blocking glasses that shut out the bright dental light

These four elements work together to reduce or eliminate your dental anxiety. When your procedure is finished, you can leave immediately and drive yourself since there are no drugs in your system. NuCalm is so effective and convenient that 95% of patients who have used NuCalm say they will use it again on their next dental visit, and 98% say they would recommend NuCalm to friends and family. If you want to learn more about NuCalm, simply tell our front desk team when you call to schedule your appointment.

This video explains how they work in more detail.

When to Use Sedation Dentistry

We have found that most patients can face their twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings without the need for sedation; however, when you require dental work like the procedures listed below, you may want to let our dentists know that you’d like to learn about sedation dentistry options that would help you get through your dental appointment more quickly.

Having comfortable, relaxed patients allows our dentists to perform their work more quickly and with fewer interruptions when patients are anxious or fearful.

Contact Beyond Exceptional Dentistry Today

If you’re curious about a type of sedation dentistry not listed here, please call the office and ask our fantastic team about other options (912) 234-8282. You may also fill out our online contact form, and one of our staff will contact you to answer questions or assist with scheduling at our Savannah dental office. Please don’t let dental anxiety and dental phobia keep you from having the dental work you need to have the smile you deserve.