Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety? Don’t Avoid The Dentist.

It’s estimated that 1 out of every 10 Americans avoids the dental chair due to fear. Worried about visiting the dentist? You’re not alone! It’s actually quite common. Whether you…

  • Had a traumatic experience as a child
  • Are worried about the drill or needles
  • Simply don’t like someone being in your personal space
  • Are afraid you might gag
  • Don’t like the clinical sounds and smells that surround you

… we can help! At Shoreline Dental Care, we help you relax and feel at ease with a variety of sedation options.

It’s All About You!

Our goal is keeping your smile healthy and bright. If you’re not comfortable, then we know you can’t take advantage of the great oral care that we offer. That’s why we do everything possible, to meet your needs, for a positive dental experience.

Sedation Dentistry Options:

Oral Sedation

Feeling a little anxious before you even get in the chair? Oral sedation is a great option! Not only can your dose be tailored to be most effective, it also acts quickly to reduce that sense of dread and worry.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Tartagni may recommend oral sedation. These anti-anxiety pills tone down activity in the parts of your brain that cause you to feel anxious or afraid.

Remember, if you take oral sedation, you cannot drive before or after your appointment. Bring a friend or family member with you to make sure you arrive and get back home safely following your appointment.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Unfortunately, dental anxiety can keep many patients from visiting the dentist for checkups and much-needed dental work. If dental appointments make you anxious, Dr. Tartagni can administer nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”) to help you feel more at ease during your visit.

At Shoreline Dental Care, laughing gas is administered using a mask, allowing you to feel more at ease within minutes. You simply breathe through the mask that fits over your nose, to experience a warm, floaty sensation. Your muscles will relax, your worries will drift away and your procedure will be done before you know it.

If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming visit, ask about nitrous oxide. Most of our patients are good candidates for this treatment. Laughing gas is easily reversible and you’ll feel back to your normal self within 5 minutes after completing treatment!

Let Us Know!

How can we make your appointment a positive one? Be sure to tell Dr. Tartagni, or our staff, about any concerns you have. We’ll make every effort to accommodate your needs and ease your anxieties. Ready to get started? Call Shoreline Dental today!