There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Nervous
It’s normal to feel wary about new experiences, or remain pessimistic according to rumors. However, our team believes that the moment you walk in our door, your fear and anxiety will begin to dissipate. Dr. Foster and our inviting team purposefully create a relaxed environment to encourage those who are worried about their well-being to take in the warm atmosphere at their own pace.
If you struggle with dental anxiety or fear, but need to schedule a consultation or appointment, please let our staff know during your initial phone call, and we’ll accommodate your needs.
To assist you or a loved one towards a more relaxed state, Dr. Foster offers various levels of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous Oxide: This is sedation is otherwise known as laughing gas. A small facemask is placed on the patients mouth and nose and the sedative is inhaled as if breathing normally. This sedation technique induces a calm state physically and mentally, and the patient remains responsive and able to communicate with the doctor.
Oral Sedation: If you are concerned with wearing a laughing gas mask, Dr. Foster offers oral sedatives that you can take by mouth about an hour prior to your treatment. Typically, this type of sedation allows for patients to calm their nerves prior to sitting in the dental chair.
Oral Conscious Sedation: For those experiencing a heightened state of anxiety or fear, our team can administer an oral sedative along with small doses of nitrous oxide to induce a deeper calming effect. The patient remains conscious and responsive; however, the relaxation is often described as a “twilight state.”
Ensure a ride to and from the office if you will be administered sedatives. Each patient is different when it comes to after-effects, but the safest course of action is to ask a family member or close friend to chauffeur.
About Creekside Family Dental Center
Dr. David Foster: Creekside Dental is a Columbia, TN native who’s served the dental needs of patients and their families in our community since 1985. If you live in Columbia, Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, or any of the surrounding communities, then call us today at (931) 388 – 3384 to schedule an appointment.