It’s easy to think you’re alone when you have dental anxiety. But the truth is that between 9% and 20% of Americans have dental fear or anxiety that prevents them from seeing a dentist.
If you have dental fear or anxiety, please let us know when you schedule your appointment with us. Dr. Langellier and his team are compassionate, professional, and discreet.
Relaxing during your next appointment could be as easy as taking a pill.
Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of pill sedation for dental anxiety.
Dr. Langellier will write you a prescription for a pill sedative. You’ll need to then pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy and take it as directed before your appointment. In general, we ask that patients take their pills one hour before their appointment. This will give the medication enough time to start working before you sit in the dental chair.
Pill sedation is mild. As such, you’ll be awake and responsive during your appointment. But your perception of time will be faster. You’ll also feel more comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair.
Since you won’t be unconscious, you’ll be able to cooperate with Dr. Langellier and his team as needed during the procedure. For example, we may ask you to open your mouth a little wider or tilt your head if we need to access a certain tooth.
If you have a fear of feeling powerless or losing control, pill sedation may be your best option. Pill sedation will make you feel drowsy, but not enough to fall asleep.
You’ll be in no condition to drive once you take your sedative. For your safety, please ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. After pill sedation, you’ll be too groggy to return to work or school. Instead, you should relax at home until the sedative fully wears off. We recommend making yourself comfortable on the couch and binge watching some TV until you feel like you’re back to your normal self.
It takes time for the sedative to start working. That’s why we typically ask that you take your pill one hour before your appointment. When you arrive at our office, the pill will have had enough time to start working. At that point, you’ll be ready for us to begin treatment. Each patient is different, which is why we’ll keep a close eye on you before, during, and after your procedure.
Dr. Eric Langellier is an experienced family dentist in Wyoming, MI. As such, he’d be more than happy to help you explore your options for dealing with dental anxiety. During your consultation, Dr. Langellier will answer any questions or concerns you may have so you can feel confident about your treatment plan.