For Anxious Patients
At Alafaya Family Dentistry, we cater to patients who are fearful and anxious! We understand that many people put off dental work due to negative past experiences and fear of discomfort. We make it our mission to put you at ease at every moment of your dental care appointment.
Fear of pain is the main reason people avoid seeing the dentist. The good news is that there is a wide array of medications and techniques - used alone or in combination - that can reduce or eliminate pain and control anxiety during most procedures. We will work with you to create a custom solution, to help you feel calm, relaxed and pain-free while achieving your goal of a healthy and beautiful smile.
Anxiety Solutions at Alafaya Family Dentistry:
- Topical anesthetics. Topical anesthetics, applied with a swab, are routinely used to numb the area in the mouth or gums where the dental work will be done. The topical anesthetic is given prior to injection with a local anesthetic, such as Lidocaine.
- Nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas). This gas, which is inhaled by the patient through a rubber facemask, helps people feel relaxed and is one of the most common forms of sedation used in the dental office. Effects wear off quickly after the gas is turned off. This is the only form of sedation under which patients can drive after the procedure and can eat food within a 12-hour period of the procedure. With IV, oral and general anesthesia, the patient cannot drive following the procedure or eat after midnight the night before the procedure.
- Oral sedation. An oral medication, such as Halcion, works on the central nervous system to help patients relax. Because oral sedatives take about 30 minutes before their effects are felt and can cause drowsiness that may last for hours, patients should plan ahead so they won't have to drive home after using this method.
- The WAND. The Wand is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection system. A computer controls the flow rate of the local anesthetic. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore comfortable. Most people who have had a bad experience with injections think that needles sting because the skin is pierced, but this is usually not so! Most often, the sting was caused because the anesthetic was fired in too quickly. Obviously, it is possible for the dentist to control the speed with a standard syringe, but the idea of the WAND is to take out the "human error". This can be very reassuring for people with previous bad experiences.
Additionally, to make your experience with us even more enjoyable, we offer personal iPods, headsets, and televisions.
If you would like to learn more about a specific procedure, call our office today at (407) 365-6200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ross or Dr. Schmitt.