As many as 1 in 12 people avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety or dental fear. That’s based on research by Dr. Peter Milgrom, of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle.
That anxiety is also why we offer IV sedation dentistry at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK. Sedation dentistry can help many people, but IV sedation is not available at just any dentist office.
In Oklahoma, dentists must complete a 60-hour course and 20 hours of clinical work with patients before they are permitted to administer IV sedation at their practices. The dentists at Galleria of Smiles have completed this training because they want our patients to have the best experience possible.
If you would like to learn more or to make an appointment, contact our Tulsa location at 918-302-2401 or contact us online today.
Our Dentists And Dental Sedation
Dr. Justin Emami can tell you that IV sedation has changed the world of dentistry. He has pointed out that this has allowed them to treat patients who are petrified of the dentist office.
The most important thing for our team, however, is that IV sedation has allowed even the most anxious patient to have a professional dental cleaning, gum disease treatment, or any of our other services. The end result is a healthier mouth and many happy patients.
Both our dentists see sedation dentistry as an important part of our practice. It’s another way to help patients who may not otherwise be able to receive the oral they need and deserve.
Dr. Justin Emami is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA), and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Dr. M. Emami, who is at our Sand Springs location, has attained fellowship status in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation as well.
If you make an appointment at Galleria of Smiles, you can count on comfortable treatment from caring professionals. Call today 918-302-2401 for an appointment at our Tulsa dentist office.
Why You May Consider Dental Sedation
If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, IV sedation could be for you. If you can remember your last dental visit — and that’s the reason you haven’t been back, then IV sedation could be for you, too.
Dental anxiety affects millions of people in the United States. As we have learned firsthand, that includes several people in the Tulsa, OK, area. While no two patients are alike, some of the causes of dental anxiety are more common than others.
Here are some of the reasons you may feel anxious about dental care:
◼︎ You are worried it will painful.
◼︎ You are worried the dentist will use a needle.
◼︎ You are worried the dentist may use the drill.
◼︎ You are worried by the sights and sounds of dental equipment.
◼︎ You are worried that you will gag.
◼︎ You are worried about as specific procedure, such as a root canal.
We understand that all of those things can be concerns, but we have also seen how well IV sedation works. When a patient receives IV sedation, he or she drifts into a twilight state.
This allows the dentist to communicate, but it also prevents the patients from feeling any pain, from gagging, and from remembering the specifics of their dental care.
Contact us today if you have questions or if you would like to make an appointment for a dental cleaning with IV dental sedation.
Other Ways To Manage Dental Anxiety
For patients with mild dental anxiety, we have other ways of helping them, too. IV sedation is just one of the tools in our toolbox.
Oral sedation involves taking a pill prior to your appointment. This will help you feel relaxed by the time you sit down for your cleaning or other procedure.
Nitrous oxide gas is another form of sedation available at our practices. Nitrous oxide is inhaled, and it can create a relaxed state in a matter of minutes. One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that it wears off quickly as well.
With IV and oral sedation, you should arrange for someone else to drive. With nitrous oxide, you can usually drive yourself home.
We can also provide local anesthetic to keep you from feeling any pain if you prefer to receive your dental care without sedation.
All of these choices and a variety of comfort options are available at Galleria of Smiles.
Making Your Appointment Today
If you live in or near Tulsa, OK, you can make an appointment at our dentist office is a couple ways.
You can call (918) 496-8010, or you can fill out our online contact form.