How Sedation Dentistry Cures Your Phobia

If you are like some who fear going to the dentist, it doesn’t matter if you’re going to see a general or cosmetic dentist in Washington D.C. You are scared to be in that dental chair, with that bright spot light upon you as if you were under suspicion for espionage, and knowing for as certain as you stand here that the entire experience is going to be excruciatingly painful.

Dr. Bilal Ahmed of Universal Smiles DC knows too well how some people are extremely terrified to come to the dentist. There are several reasons why people have a dental phobia (dentophobia):

  • Past dentists, by their action and procedures created phobia
  • People are afraid of needles
  • Never been to dentist
  • A person’s dental care is lacking and is afraid to find out about his or her dental health

Ahmed performs sedation dentistry in Washington D.C., and shares how the process of dealing with a person with dental phobia is slightly different than a regular patient without any dental anxiety.

Making the Dental Appointment

When a client calls in to a sedation dentistry, the staff approaches this person in the following manner:

  • They don’t discuss any dental issue with the patient at all
  • They talk about the office in terms that more describe the environment  as a spa rather than a dental office
  • They talk about the amenities the office has
  • They discuss with patient to be on time

Once In the Office

This is what occurs when the patient comes to the office:

  • When the patient enters the office the staff greets the person by name and in a sincere and warm tone.
  • Brought to a room that looks more like a spa  with candles and light calming music
  • Taken to an office room, not a dental chair
  • Sedation medication is administered in the office – pills
  • Patient is then brought back to lounge
  • Once the sedation takes hold, the patient is only then brought into the dental room.

During the office visit the Washington D.C. sedation dentist usually blocks out 3-4 hours to get as much treatment done as possible for these types of patients. Ahmed assures that patients under sedation are quite calm. While they are conscious they are not awake. They will follow directions, but will normally not remember any of the appointment once they medication wears off.

End of Appointment

The patient will be sent home with a friend or loved one because they are not allowed to drive while medicated. Later that day or the following morning, the patient will be called by the office for a follow up.

The end goal, according to Ahmed is to wean the patient both off the drugs over time, and eliminate his or her phobia. This will take up to 6 months to get to the point where the once sedated patient transitions to a regular patient without the need of medication to get through the dental exam.


*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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