It may seem as though there is one goal in dentistry: to improve oral health. While this is one of the cornerstones to good dental care, the team at Smile Center believes there is more to excellent service than simply treating a set of teeth.
One of our mottos is “we cater to cowards.” This is meant in the most compassionate way. So many people fear seeing the dentist, and then fear feeling embarrassed that they have avoided care for a long time. We have met men and women who had not seen the dentist for decades due to fear of pain, a strong gag reflex, fear of the unknown, fear of judgment, and the list goes on and on. What we have to say to patients with dental anxiety is “We have you covered! You are not alone and you do not have to live in pain and embarrassment any longer.”
Addressing fear with sedation dentistry
We have found that the use of proper sedative medication greatly reduces the cost of dental anxiety. In our Buffalo, NY dental center, we offer patients options that work for their budget as well as the severity of their anxiety. Treatment is tailored to individual needs here at Smile Center, including which form of sedation is most appropriate for various procedures.
Options for sedation in our office include:
- Laughing gas inhalation sedation, also known as laughing gas
- Enteral sedation, or oral conscious sedation, in which sedative medication is ingested prior to treatment
- IV sedation overseen by a licensed, experienced professional
Offering solutions that work
Incorporating sedation into dental treatment may seem a costly choice. Contrary to perception, sedation dentistry can be extremely cost-effective. In some cases, insurance may extend benefits for sedation. When this is not the case, however, our in-office plan may provide a way for you to sail through your treatments with proper sedation to enhance your comfort and peace of mind.
Talk with us about sedation during your visit with the friendly Smile Center team.