January 3, 2017
You let another year go by without visiting the dentist. We understand that dental anxiety can be difficult. We also know how it can have a detrimental effect on your oral health.
That’s why we offer sedation dentistry at our dentist office in Belleville, IL. Dental sedation has been proven to help countless patients receive the oral care they need and deserve.
No matter how long it’s been since your last dental visit, make a resolution that you won’t let that happen again in 2017.
Contact the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, to make an appointment. You can call 618‑219‑1412, or you can fill out our online form to plan your visit.
Learning To Manage Dental Anxiety
We want you to know up front that you may always experience some dental anxiety. Some people are able to complete overcome this fear, and that’s wonderful. However, many people are able to come to the dentist in spite of their anxiety because they have learned how to manage those feelings.
We are here to help you know matter where you are. Our dentists and our staff will support you each step of your journey.
The website Dental Fear Central was created by people with dental anxiety for people with dental anxiety. They suggest three general approaches that can you deal with anxiety. These include sedation dentistry, technology, and psychological techniques.
At our Belleville, IL, dentist office, we have incorporated all three into our approach to dental care. Whether you need one, two, or all three together, we will do what we can do make it easier for you to get the treatment you need.
The first step may be a getting-to-know-you kind of visit with one of our dentists, Dr. Feder or Dr. Smith. This is an opportunity for you to learn how we approach patient care in our practice.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We want you to understand what we can do for you. Then, if you are ready, we can schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning.
To schedule your consultation, call us at 618‑219‑1412.
Dental Sedation For Dental Anxiety
People have been using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) since the late 1700s. It has been used in dental care for at least 150 years, although our understanding of how to administer this gas has become much better over the years.
Today, we can safely use laughing gas on any patient who is dealing with dental anxiety. All you have to do is breathe, and within a matter of minutes, you will feel the effects of this type of dental sedation.
With nitrous oxide:
▸ You won’t feel any pain.
▸ You won’t gag.
▸ You will feel calm and relaxed.
▸ You may not remember much about your dental procedure.
All of these address common concerns we have heard from people with dental anxiety. It’s also why so many have continued to visit Dr. Feder’s office for years.
One of the other benefits of nitrous oxide is that it wears off almost as quickly as it takes effect. When your treatment is over, we simply turn off the gas. You then exhale whatever is left in your lungs. Before you know it, you are back to feeling like your normal self.
The difference is that you have completed your dental care for the day.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about how nitrous oxide dental sedation could help you.
Technology & Psychology For Dental Anxiety
Some patients would rather not used dental sedation, and that’s OK, too. This is why we have incorporated technology that makes dental care as painless as possible.
One example of this is the Vibraject. Many people are afraid of needles, and even the prick of the needle can make people nervous.
The Vibraject allows us to administer local anesthetic without our patients feeling it. This works by creating vibrations prior to any injection. The vibrations effectively distract your brain so you feel them, and you don’t feel the injection at all.
It’s a win-win situation. You get the benefits of the anesthetic without the worries about how it is delivered.
We also offer comfort options that help patients get in the right state of mind during their visits. Maybe you would like a pillow and a blanket to feel a bit cozier. We can turn on our televisions so you can watch one of your favorite shows during your cleaning.
Or maybe you prefer to close your eyes and listen to music as a distraction. We have headphones that you can borrow to listen to your tunes.
Let This Be The Year You Return To The Dentist