Causes of Dental Fear
- Fear of Needles or the Dental Drill
- Tooth Sensitivity or Gag Reflex
- Past Traumatic Dental Experience
- Undergoing Numerous or Complex Procedures
Conquer Fear and Anxiety
Whether it is a fear of dental drill or the unknown, or anxiety caused by a past experience, thousands of patients avoid the dentist every year from dental fear. Missed appointments and years without professional dental care can put the health of the patient at risk of gum disease, tooth loss and systemic illness. Our patients no longer need to let fear keep them from getting the dental care they need. With sedation dentistry, you can now relax going to the dentist for simple checkups to more complex dental procedures.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Reduces Dental Fear or Anxiety
- Keeps You Calm and Relaxed
- Many Patients Have Little-to-No Memory of Treatment
- Allows for More Comprehensive Dental Care
- More Work Can Be Completed in One Appointment
Dental Sedation for Every Treatment Plan
We offer sedation dentistry to help every patient, no matter their situation, get the dental treatment they deserve. To meet the unique needs of each patient, we offer different levels of dental sedation that can be incorporated into treatment plans. For more complex procedures, or for young patients with severe dental fear or anxiety, we are able to provide general anesthesia to children and teens at the Apple Hill Medical Center and Gettysburg Hospital for added peace of mind and comfort. Our pedodontist, Dr. Stephanie DeFillippo is certified to administer general anesthesia at these locations and can help ensure your child’s safety and experienced care.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas,” is a minimal sedation that helps you relax while still allowing you to maintain enough consciousness to communicate with the doctor. This level of sedation is safe and effective, as it allows your doctor to have control over your level of sedation throughout the treatment and wears off quickly.
During more complex procedures, or for patients with severe dental fear or anxiety, we are able to provide general anesthesia at the Apple Hill Medical Center and Gettysburg Hospital for children and teens. This level of sedation renders the patient unconscious during treatment.