Many people don’t look forward to going to the dentist. Are you, or someone you love, one of the 15% of people who experience dread when it comes to their appointment at their Kalamazoo family dentist?
Dental fear can be due to previous bad experiences, challenging developmental or anxiety disorders, an intellectual disability, or simply fear of the unknown. No matter the cause, at Briarwood Valley Dentistry, our caring and compassionate team is extremely dedicated to ensuring you get the care you want and need … and we understand that for many, dental anxiety or fear is not something you can “talk down.” That’s why dental sedation has proven so successful.
With sedation, we help you sit back, relax, and sometimes even forget you’re at the dentist at all. Safe for children and adults, it’s an extremely effective way to dispel fear.
Here are sedation options and anxiety-dispelling services that we’re pleased to provide you and your family:
Anxiety-releasing Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) – This colorless gas effectively reduces pain and anxiety, and sometimes, patients feel a euphoric effect. To administer laughing gas, we place a comfortable mask over your nose. You’ll feel the effect quickly and, once the mask is removed, its effects wear off quickly.
Simple & effective oral sedation – Often called conscious sedation, oral sedation is a pill that is taken in advance of your appointment to produce a calming effect. It minimizes fear and reduces memory of the dental care you receive. You’ll need someone to bring you to your dental appointment and take you home.
Computer-assisted anesthesia – This piece of technology makes your experience in the dental chair more comfortable. By utilizing single-tooth anesthesia, it reduces pain and creates more contained numbness in the part of your mouth your dentist is working on. When your appointment is over, you can get back to your day – without that uncomfortable frozen feeling.
24-hour emergency access – Accidents happen. Restorations break. Because we never want you to suffer in pain or fear long-term damage, we have 24-hour emergency service. If you are experiencing pain, lose a tooth due to an accident, or if a filling falls out and leaves a sharp edge, we’re ready to provide gentle emergency care for you at our Kalamazoo family dental office. Call us right away – we’ll fit you in.
Long-time compassionate team. With many years of training, dentistry experience, and working closely with our patients to achieve their smile goals, all of us at Briarwood Valley Dentistry are exceptional in our individual roles. From the moment you walk in our front door and are greeted by our friendly reception team, to the time treatment is completed, you’ll be in good hands every step of the way!
Since 1995, we’ve worked hard to earn the trust of our patients and we treat everyone like close friends and family. When you come to us for your dental care, we will always ensure you’re comfortable and listen to your concerns … because we know just how much a pleasant, attentive, anxiety-free experience means to you.
If you’re feeling anxious about your upcoming visit or simply want to get a closer look at our practice before making the decision to gift yourself with excellent oral health, we invite you book a full practice tour. Come find out which level of sedation is medically right for you, meet our caring team, and discover our caring approach to dentistry! We’ll show you exactly why your trip to the dentist will be stress-free and what you can look forward to!
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Lorraine Hanna, your Kalamazoo family dentist