Are you one of the millions of Americans who experience dental anxiety? Studies by the Dental Fears Research Clinic show that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid visiting the dentist due to fear. Research also shows that patients who fear going to the dentist are more likely to have poor dental health.
The fear of going to the dentist is a real problem that deserves compassion and a professional solution. Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, an Albuquerque dentist, offers oral sedation dentistry for dental anxiety at his practice. Oral sedation can reduce your anxiety so you feel relaxed and at ease during your appointment. You’ll get the dental care that you need while enjoying a comfortable experience.
Sedation Dentistry in Albuquerque
For an Easy, Comfortable Dental Visit
As a sedation dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Luffey can administer sedation medication to help ease your dental anxiety. The most common type of sedation administered is oral sedation. With oral sedation, you take a pill an hour before your procedure to promote comfort and relaxation. Below are a few benefits of sedation dentistry.
- Conscious sedation still allows you to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, allowing you to communicate any discomfort. Depending on the level of sedation, some patients feel so relaxed that they sleep throughout the procedure.
- Most people feel like their dental treatment lasted only a few minutes, even if it took several hours to perform.
- Complex dental procedures that usually require multiple visits to the dentist’s office can be performed in fewer appointments.
- Sedation dentistry is safe. To date, no major adverse effects of sedation dentistry have been reported.
You’ll also enjoy freedom from pain when you visit our Albuquerque dentist. We will administer a localized anesthetic in the mouth to temporarily block any pain in the teeth or gums. Anesthesia will only be given after you are sedated and comfortable, so you won’t be bothered by the injection.
You Shouldn’t Hold Off Going to the Dentist—Here’s Why
If you’re putting off going to a dentist due to dental anxiety, you could be putting your entire health at risk. Gum disease is an infection that can affect your entire body. Studies link gum disease to life-threatening illnesses like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Sedation dentistry at our Albuquerque dentist’s office allows you to get the care that you need without feeling anxiety.
Dr. Luffey and his staff frequently work with patients who experience dental anxiety and can ensure that you have a comfortable experience. When you contact us at 505-294-4700, let us know that you have a fear of going to the dentist and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you enjoy a comfortable visit at our Albuquerque dentist’s office.