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Don’t Fear the Dentist

  • November 7, 2016
  • Does the idea of visiting the dentist’s office strike fear into your heart? If so, you’ve got a lot of company because there are an estimated 140 million people in the U.S. with some level of dental anxiety. At Gilbart Dental Care in Hagerstown, Frederick, and Ellicott City, MD, we take anxiety seriously because it leads to many people avoiding the dental care they need.

    We’ve made it part of our mission to help people overcome their dental anxiety and experience a comfortable dental appointment, perhaps for the first time ever.

    We offer many comfort and sedation options that can help make your next visit more of a pleasure than something to dread. Don’t believe that? Read on!

    Our Staff “Gets” Dental Anxiety

    We have a lot of experience in helping people to cope with dental anxiety. In fact, our goal is to help them forget that they’re anxious! When you visit Gilbart Dental Care, you’ll be surrounded by warm, friendly, and welcoming people who are experts at helping to calm your fears. We don’t have time or patience for judgments; we just want you to have the best possible experience from the the moment you walk in the door.

    Comfort Options

    Dentists’ offices used to be cold, sterile places. That is most certainly not the case with Gilbart Dental Care! You’ll love our offices from the moment you walk in the front door. The waiting areas are anything but clinical and sterile. We have comfortable furniture in our waiting rooms, and a very homey atmosphere. Our staff loves it and so will you!

    All three of our practice locations offer a wealth of comfort options during your visit. While you’re in the dental chair, you can enjoy the comfort of a soft pillow for your head and a warm blanket to keep you cozy. We can provide you with music to listen to or you can choose to watch TV during your visit.

    Dental Sedation Options

    At Gilbart Dental Care, we understand that people have different needs when it comes to being comfortable during any dental procedure. We proudly offer three levels of dental sedation to ensure your comfort.

    Local Anesthesia

    A lot of people dread the feeling of the injection that will numb the area that’s going to be worked on. We understand that. You’ll probably find that the skill of the person administering the injection is a major factor in your comfort, which is another reason to choose Gilbart Dental Care. We want to be sure that any dental procedure that might cause pain doesn’t cause pain. And we’ll adjust the amount of anesthetic so that you remain comfortably numb throughout the entire procedure.

    Nitrous Oxide

    Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” may just be the dental patient’s best friend. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask. The gas takes effect almost immediately and induces a sense of relaxation and comfort. The level of the gas can be adjusted within limits for your comfort. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, which means that you can almost certainly drive yourself home after your appointment.

    Oral Conscious Sedation

    This is a deeper level of relaxation that many of our anxious patients swear by. The sedative is a pill which we provide and which you take prior to your appointment. You’ll remain calm and relaxed throughout your procedure, and you may even fall asleep! (It happens.) Please note that you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment if you choose this option; driving under the effects of a sedative is a really bad idea!

    Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Harm Your Teeth!

    We want everyone to get the best possible dental care. If you’re ready to let us help you overcome your dental anxiety, we invite you to schedule an appointment by calling our Frederick, MD office at 240-513-7523. Or, you can contact our Hagerstown, MD location at 240-347-0910, or our Ellicott City, MD location at 240-347-0614. You can also use our online form to send us a message.

    If you have concerns that this article hasn’t addressed, please contact one of our practices at the numbers above or use our convenient online form. Our staff will be more than happy to discuss your concerns and work with you to find a solution.

    Don’t let dental anxiety win – as the old saying goes, you’ve got friends in the business!

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