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Dental Anxiety and Sedation

If you have absolutely no desire to ever see Dr. Johnson, that’s okay. You should tell him—he wouldn’t take it personally. He never does. Dr. Johnson has plenty of patients who used to avoid him and now they are some of his biggest fans. Why? Because Dr. Johnson understands that if you’re afraid of all things dental the fear is real. He and his staff want to help you overcome your dental fear and anxiety so you can have the smile you deserve. If you’ve neglected your oral health for too many years because of anxiety, then speak to Dr. Johnson. We help many patients just like you.

Reasons for Dental Anxiety

Everyone seems to have something they’re afraid of—the dark, clowns, heights and enclosed spaces to name only a few. Fear of the dentist is often rooted in a memory. Some people remember a childhood visit to the dentist that was far from fun or a more recent experience that was unpleasant. Others are uncomfortable being in a medical facility. Regardless of why you’re nervous, Dr. Johnson can help you relax so he can provide the dental treatment you need, whether that is a basic dental cleaning and exam or a more lengthy and involved procedure.

Comfort and Care

Sometimes patients just need a bit of reassurance and a straightforward explanation about what will happen during their appointment. We take the time to explain everything in detail, so we can help guide patients through the process. In fact, no treatment is needed for the first visit.  You will meet our team, meet Dr. Johnson, and discuss your desires.  Only if you are comfortable proceeding will we develop a plan that is specific to help you.  

Oral Sedation

For many patients, a mild oral sedative can be very helpful. Dr. Johnson will prescribe the medication for you to take at a designated time before your appointment. The sedative will begin to take effect after a short time and you’ll feel calm and maybe a little drowsy. Because you’ve taken a sedative, you will not be allowed to drive. Be sure to arrange for a family member or friend to bring you, stay in the office during your appointment and drive you back home. While you are mildly sedated, Dr. Johnson is able to complete your dental care. Some patients don’t remember anything after their visit, so they think they’ve been asleep. You do, however, remain awake so you can respond to Dr. Johnson’s questions.

Schedule your appointment at North Jacksonville Complete Dentistry to discuss oral sedation today. We welcome all patients from the North Jacksonville area including Bryceville, Callahan, and Nassau Village.