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Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you feel stressed? If so, you’re not alone: A large portion of the population reports feelings of dental anxiety. As part of our focus on comfort dentistry, Dr. Lindsey Marshall is pleased to offer treatment with anxiolysis.
If you’re nervous about an upcoming appointment, please call The Office of Lindsey F. Marshall, DMD, today at (610) 649-0696. Dr. Marshall provides comfortable, painless dentistry services from our office in Ardmore.
What Is Anxiolysis?
Anxiolysis is the treatment of anxiety using medications. Anti-anxiety medications are also called anxiolytics.
When used during dental treatment, anti-anxiety drugs make it possible for a nervous patient to relax in what would otherwise be a stressful situation. Treatment is often more comfortable and even safer with anxiolysis due to the reduction of physical responses like:
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Easily triggered gag reflex
- Extreme sensitivity to certain sights, sounds, and smells
Anxiolysis can be performed with a number of different medications. Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam) are two of the most common, but Dr. Marshall might recommend an alternative based on your needs and medical history. NuCalm is another treatment option we offer for curbing anxiety.
How Anxiolysis Works
Some patients are so afraid of pain, needles, and other negative aspects they associate with dentistry that they skip even basic cleanings and exams. Lack of professional care significantly increases the risk of serious health problems like gum disease and oral abscesses.
Accommodating fearful patients is a major focus of Dr. Marshall’s comfort dentistry office. Anxiolysis is a mild form of sedation that creates feelings of:
- Stress release
- Muscle relaxation
Anxiolytics are not a type of anesthesia. Though these oral medications aren’t intended to “knock out” patients, some patients feel so relaxed that they fall asleep right in the chair during treatment. Others remain conscious but have no memory of the procedure.
Advantages of Anxiolysis
After taking anxiolytic medication, you will feel relaxed throughout the duration of your visit to our Ardmore office. Other benefits include:
- Most healthy adults can take anti-anxiety drugs with little to no adverse reaction
- Delivery of anxiolytics doesn’t require needles or gas
- Consciously experiencing dentistry without pain or stress can be an effective way to begin overcoming fear of the dentist
Patients who are able to overcome dental phobia can begin enhancing their oral health with regularly scheduled appointments. Over time, they might even begin feeling little to no anxiety about upcoming visits.