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Understanding Dental Anxiety

Negative past experiences at a dentist can lead to longstanding fear.
Concern over potential pain is one of the most common reasons for dental anxiety.
Feeling helpless or having no control while sitting in the dental chair can intensify anxiety.
The close physical proximity to the dentist or self-consciousness about dental health can also contribute.
Understanding the root cause of your anxiety allows us at Grace Dental Care to address it more effectively, ensuring a more positive and calming dental experience.

How We Address Dental Anxiety

A Welcoming Environment
Our office is designed to create a soothing atmosphere with a comfortable waiting area to help ease nervousness.
Open Communication
Dr. Cherian and our team emphasize clear and empathetic communication. We explain each step of the process, answer all questions, and encourage patients to express their concerns.
Personalized Care
Understanding that each patient's anxiety is unique, we tailor our approach to meet your individual needs and preferences.

Understanding Dental Anxiety

Laughing Gas

  • What it is: A mild sedative that is inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. It is commonly referred to as laughing gas because of the euphoric effects it can produce.
  • Benefits: Helps to calm anxiety almost immediately, with relaxation effects that wear off quickly after the mask is removed. This means you can safely drive yourself home after the procedure.
  • Ideal For: Patients who need a slight sedation to take the edge off their dental anxiety.

Oral Sedation

  • What it is: This sedation method involves taking a prescribed pill about an hour before your dental procedure.
  • Benefits: Oral sedation reduces anxiety levels significantly and can induce a state of drowsiness. Patients remain awake but are much more relaxed.
  • Ideal For: Patients with moderate anxiety who need a little more help to relax than what nitrous oxide can provide.

IV Sedation

  • What it is: Sedative drugs administered through a vein, allowing them to work more quickly and effectively.
  • Benefits: IV sedation allows for deep relaxation and in many cases, patients have little to no memory of the procedure afterward.
  • Ideal For: Patients with severe dental anxiety or those undergoing longer or more complex dental procedures.

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