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The Power of a healthy mouth and a confident smile:
When it comes right down to it, we dentists are all in the profession of smiles: Big, toothy, sparkling, healthy smiles. And what a wonderful profession it is.
Stanley Gordon West, the late Minnesota author of Growing an Inch, coined the expression, “Smile and the world smiles with you.” That’s never been more true, or more necessary than it is today. A smile has no political affiliation. It is not the exclusive province of any class, race, nationality, age or gender.
Obstetricians tell us babies display so-called reflex smiles in utero. By the time newborns are between six and 12 weeks old – many months before they utter “mama” or “dada” – their first real smiles emerge. It’s nature’s way of helping infants immediately connect to those in the world around them.
How very smart nature is – many studies have demonstrated that smiling makes us feel good and actually live longer. Smiling helps lower blood pressure, fight stress, and increase mental clarity.
Conversely, the tens of millions of Americans who are hesitant to smile, or never do, because of oral pain or because they are ashamed of their broken, missing or stained teeth miss out on the myriad of physical and mental health benefits of a healthy smile.
That’s where all of us come in.
As members of DOCS Education, Dr. Nasrin Mojaver and her team are uniquely enabled to turn a closed-lipped, unhealthy mouth into one that radiates warmth, self-confidence, connection and, most importantly, good oral hygiene.
There are so many reasons to smile; isn’t it time you restored yours?
WHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE AFTER TAKING SEDATIVES?
Most people feel calmer and more relaxed after taking sedative medication. But it’s important to understand that these drugs are used to produce a sedation experience that can range from mild to moderate. In the dental office, you need to be responsive and able to answer questions. General anesthesia – where patients are actually asleep – is only provided in the hospital.
Nitrous oxide sedation and some forms of oral sedation fall within the mildest category of sedation. Patients may feel tingling or a sense of well-being. However, they remain alert. Once inhalation is discontinued the effects end also, often within seconds. With oral sedation, a more profound effect can be achieved but it takes a bit longer to work and to wear off. You’re still responding but you’re not going to remember it. Nice.
You may also have a little dry mouth and feel sleepy, but you are always in control. You will find this creates the best dental visit you’ve ever had.
About 20% of the population is afraid of the dentist. If you are among them or if you have other reasons to want this kind of care, sedative medication can make care easier to tolerate. When patients are comfortable – but still awake – the dentist and dental team are able to provide more care in less time, without sacrificing either patient safety or clinical quality.
Depending on the level you and Dr. Nasrin Mojaver choose for your specific needs, sedation can range on a spectrum from minimal to general anesthesia (used in a hospital setting). During minimal sedation patients can still hear, see and respond to the action taking place around them. Sedated patients are much less likely to experience anxiety.
WHAT KIND OF MEDICATIONS WILL BE USED?
Today we have options. The type of sedative, or sedatives, Dr. Nasrin Mojaver prescribes depends on the procedure being performed, your medical condition and any other drugs you may take. In many cases doctors use a class of sedative medication called benzodiazepines. Examples of benzodiazepines include diazepam, lorazepam and triazolam.
Benzodiazepines were first developed in the 1960s, so scientists have had many decades during which to study and refine them. In general, the drugs are extremely safe and pose little risk of adverse reaction with other medications. Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed sedatives used today.
WHAT TYPE OF SIDE EFFECTS DO THESE MEDICATIONS HAVE?
Just like the insert on every medication, cold syrup, or herbal supplement says, there is always something you should be aware of when taking anything into your body. Fortunately, with the sedation medications used by our dentists, you won’t find the usual suspects – no addiction and very few unpleasant side effects.
There are a few to be aware of. Some are welcome like amnesia, some not so much. On rare occasions, people experience nausea with nitrous oxide or hiccups with oral sedation. Your sedation dentist will discuss these unusual occurrences with you.
In addition to creating a feeling of deep relaxation, sedative medication may produce other positive effects. You may feel the hours pass very quickly or otherwise retain little memory of your time in the dental office. You’ll experience a decrease in the sensation of pain or discomfort.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY SEDATION APPOINTMENT?
For nitrous oxide only, there is little for you to prepare. However, if you are having oral or IV sedation, you may receive a prescription for a sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a good night’s sleep and a complete list of pre-treatment instructions.
Oral sedation is a popular treatment option for many people because it does not require the use of additional needles. Medications can be swallowed whole and/or crushed and placed under the tongue. Medications given this way are absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, so it is a preferred option by many dentists.
Before you know it, you’re in the car and on the way home!
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY OF TREATMENT?
You can drive yourself to a visit for nitrous oxide only.
If you are having oral sedation, you’ll need a friend or loved one to bring you to the office and take you home.
You’ll be directed not to eat or drink six hours prior to your appointment unless otherwise directed by your dentist. Your health history can affect your before and aftercare plans, especially for diabetics and smokers, so make sure that Dr.Nasrin Mojaver knows about any medical conditions you may have. Additional medications will be provided to create the ultimate in relaxation. Your experienced Sedation team will monitor you throughout your entire visit. Dr. Mojaver is appropriately trained and can perform a variety of protocols customized to your particular physiological and pharmacological needs. The medications are safe and have been used for decades. In fact, you’ve probably seen or heard some of their names before. Several have amnesic properties, meaning that you remember little to nothing of your time in the dental chair.
Sedation appointments will require you to take half a day or a full day off of work. Be sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids after your appointment. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours. The following day you will feel completely rejuvenated without any residual sedative effects.
Most patients feel no discomfort from the dental visit, and you’ll be thrilled with all the compliments you will get.
Don’t just take our word for it – read testimonials from patients just like you.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO RECOVER AFTER MY SEDATION APPOINTMENT?
There is no set amount of recovery time because every patient is different. However, for nitrous oxide only, your recovery is immediate. For oral sedation, many patients begin to feel more alert immediately after the appointment is over.
You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment. If you experience any nausea after treatment, your dentist can usually provide a prescription to help. You are encouraged to sleep and drink plenty of water and clear fluids for the remainder of the day. In regard to recovery from the actual dental work itself, Dr. Nasrin Mojaver will give you individualized instructions for aftercare. Many sedation patients are happy to report little to no pain the day after their treatment.
DO NOT FEAR YOUR DENTAL CARE OR DENTIST-WITHOUT REMEMBERING THE VISIT
Does your stomach drop when you think of a dental office? The smell, the sound of a drill, lying back powerless in that chair. Well, you’re not alone! Research suggests that nearly half the population experiences some kind of dental fear, and for around a third of those, this fear can be crippling.
Have you ever assumed that in order to regain your health, you’ll need to face these fears head-on and that it will take many uncomfortable visits to put things, right? If so, there’s good news:
You can lose your fear of the dentist without ever actually having to endure anxiety during treatment.
Sounds too good to be true, right? “Even if you don’t remember the appointment, a fearful patient will still be just as fearful,” the logic goes. This is sedation dentistry’s best-kept secret: many patients cease being frightened at all once they have experienced sedation dentistry a few times.
Here’s how it might work: even though you don’t remember it, your brain experienced the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental practice IN THE ABSENCE of fear thanks to the medication, and has begun to re-program itself out of fearing dentistry without you having to do a thing.
For many patients, there is a progression starting with intermediate sedation, then at the follow-up appointment only lighter sedation is required. After a while, they may only require nitrous oxide, and eventually, maybe none at all.
Sedation dentistry makes facing your fear of the dentist easy, and with proper care could eliminate it altogether. Seize today to take your health back and call Dr Nasrin Mojaver today!
IS SEDATION DENTISTRY ONLY FOR THE FEARFUL?
“But I’m not scared of the dentist, I just don’t have time.”
“It’s not anxiety, I just can’t sit still for that long.”
Fear notwithstanding, are concerns about your experience in the dental office holding you back?
Why not enjoy the benefits of modern medicine and exercise control over how you get treatment? Many people who are not afraid of the dentist put off getting needed treatment because it will take a long time and/or be uncomfortable. Although sedation is often promoted as a panacea for the anxious patient, sedation dentistry offers benefits to a wider range of patients than just the dental phonics.
How would you like to get three appointments worth of dentistry done in a single visit? Sedation allows your dentist to perform significantly more treatment in less time, meaning fewer appointments, less discomfort and less irritating rescheduling of your life!
Here’s what your dental experience could look like: take one day off from work instead of leaving early three times. Have a friend or family member drive you to the dental office where you relax in a special, more-comfortable dental chair designed for sedation. You’ll have a warm blanket over you while you wait for the medication to take effect. Then, experience treatment in complete comfort!
Sedation can help you to be more proactive about your health and get your needs taken care of in just a few hassle-free appointments.
HOW SAFE IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
“Is sedation safe?” It’s one of the most frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry. Dr. Nasrin Mojaver has learned state-of-the-art techniques which are regarded as some of the safest in dentistry.
So even if sedation is safe, how can treatment under sedation be safer than under no sedation? Well, according to research, the stress of dental fear can cause adverse cardiac events and exacerbate a wide range of existing diseases.
Patients may react differently. To make this experience as safe and effective as possible, the dentist will ask a series of questions about overall health and other prescriptions. It’s important to answer questions as accurately as possible to ensure a safe outcome. Besides a careful history and possible consultation with the medical doctor, Dr. Nasrin Mojaver and clinical staff will monitor the patient throughout the procedure and ensure that you leave the office with a companion or escort.
SEDATION CAN CREATE A FEAR FREE DENTAL APPOINTMENT FOR DIFFERENT INSTANCES
Many people are afraid to go to the dentist. Estimates range between 30% to 50% of the population avoids dental visits because of associated anxiety and fear. Sedation is becoming more common in dentistry and is drastically reducing dental fear.
Sedation is the process of using sedative drugs to create a relaxed and calm state. Sedative drugs include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), anti-anxiety medications, and anesthesia. Sedative medication can be administered as a pill, through a breathing mask, or by IV. Medications are advancing all the time to create a better patient experience.
How Sedation Reduces Fear for Patients
Sedation reduces fear for patients by eliminating the worry about many of the common experiences in the dental office. The medications reduce cognitive functioning (awareness), induce calm and some block memory.
Common dental fears that sedation greatly help with are:
Fear of pain
Fear of the drill
Fear of gagging
Fear of loss of personal space
Fear of helplessness
Sedation dentistry can completely eliminate all of those fears for most patients. Instead of feeling trapped in a fearful situation many patients report that the procedure seemed like it only lasted minutes when it could have been hours long. A good experience with sedation will make patients more likely come back when they need further work performed. This also helps to create a positive association with going to the dentist instead of one based in fear.
Patients That Can Benefit Most from Sedation
Patients with high dental fear or anxiety
Patients who have put off seeking treatment previously because of fear
Patients with physical limitations
Patients with jaw trouble who have trouble keeping their mouth open for long periods of time
Patients with a low pain threshold
Patients with a severe gag reflex
Patients who can’t sit still
Patients who need a lot of dental work completed
Patients with sensitive teeth
Sedation Helps Your Dentist Do a Better Job
When a patient is anxious, they can be very difficult to treat. Their anxiety might cause movements and reactions that can cause them harm and make performing procedures difficult. These issues can make the patient even more anxious, and what should be a simple procedure becomes more much complicated.
A sedated patient is much easier to work on since they are relaxed and more cooperative. The dentist can then work faster, more efficiently, and provide a higher quality of work. The result is a more positive experience for both the patient and the dentist.
Sedation Dentistry Is Changing Lives
Sedation dentistry is revolutionizing the way people feel about going to the dentist. Many of those who would put off seeking help for dental issues because of fear, sometimes for decades, are now able to receive the treatment they need without feeling afraid. This allows patients to receive treatment before the problem becomes worse and a potentially life-threatening issue.
HOW FEARFULL ARE AMERICANS WITH DENTAL VISITS?
Dental phobia, also called odontophobia, is a serious, often paralyzing fear of seeking dental care. It has been reliably reported that 50% of the population does not seek regular dental care.1 An estimated 9-15% of all Americans avoid much needed care due to anxiety and fear surrounding the dental experience.1 This translates to some 30-40 million people so afraid of dental treatment that they avoid it altogether.
Unfortunately, because of dental phobia, many people avoid seeing the dentist when they could have prevented serious or life-threatening situations.
The Typical Causes of Dental Fear:
Fear of Pain – Pain is often associated with a dental visit. This can be due to a bad past experience, or from stories shared by someone else.
Cost – The cost of going to the dentist is a major reason people don’t want to visit the dentist. This is especially true if they think serious dental work might be required. A recent survey found that 44 percent of people were not visiting the dentist because they don’t have dental insurance.2
Fear of Additional Dental Work – Patients fear hearing there is a problem with their teeth and that they’ll need additional work.
Drilling Sound – The sound of the drill can be unsettling especially if they are worried it might be used in their procedure.
Tool Fear – The dentist office is filled with sharp tools that can be intimidating.
Medication Effects Such as Big Lip – People fear the effects of the Novocain and anesthesia. The thought of having to deal with a fat lip or feeling groggy can be off-putting.
Helplessness – Patients can feel trapped and unable to move while the dentist works on their mouth with sharp tools.
Shots – Many people fear shots. Large dental needles going into the mouth can be very anxiety inducing.
Fear of Medication Not Working – People can be afraid of the medicine not working well enough and that they will be in significant pain from the procedure.
Gagging – Some patients fear they will choke or gag on the tools and water used by the dentist.
Self-Conscious – Patients can feel self-conscious with how close a dentist must get to them and that their personal space is being violated. They might also fear that they have bad breath or did a bad job of brushing.
Symptoms of Dental Fear:
Trouble sleeping the night before
Elevated blood pressure
Feeling of suffocation
Urge to urinate
Urge to gag / vomit
Fainting or feeling faint
If You Have Dental Phobia, It Is Critical You Talk to Your Dentist
Many reasons to fear the dentist are no longer an issue because of advances in technology and science. For example, sedation dentistry is much more commonly practiced and eliminates almost the entire list of fears by itself.
If you experience symptoms of dental fear, the best solution is to communicate with your dentist. Be open and honest about your fears and let the dentist address them. A good dentist is one who can make you feel comfortable. If your dentist doesn’t adequately address your fears, it’s important to try others until you find one that meets your needs and eases your anxiety.
1 – Odontophobia and The Cycle Of Avoidance: A Review -https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rahul_Srivastava10/publication/283348734_Odontophobia_And_The_Cycle_Of_Avoidance_A_Review/links/5635f06b08ae88cf81bcc9ad/Odontophobia-And-The-Cycle-Of-Avoidance-A-Review.pdf
2 – The Top 7 Reasons We Avoid the Dentist – https://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/the-top-reasons-we-avoid-the-dentist.aspx
SEDATION DENTISTRY AND ITS SAFTETY
People are often afraid to visit the dentist. This can lead to many long-term problems when issues go unaddressed. To reduce dental fear the use of sedation has become more common for dental procedures.
Nearly half of North Americans put off routine work for years because of fear. This is especially true for more extensive treatment. However, once they are made aware of the option of sedation, they are much more willing to come in for treatment.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of sedation during a dental procedure. This helps the patient relax and it is easier for the dentist to perform the work. Several types of medications can be used to create different levels of sedation.
What are the levels of Sedation?
Minimal – A minimally reduced level of cognitive functioning. The patient is able to breathe on their own and respond normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command.
Moderate – A drug-induced reduction of consciousness during which patients can respond to verbal commands and tactile stimulation.
Deep Sedation – A drug-induced reduction of consciousness during which patients cannot easily be aroused but can be by pain or repeated stimulation.
General Anesthesia – The patient is put to sleep and cannot easily be aroused even by pain.
Let Dr. Nasrin Mojaver know your medical history and any medications you are currently taking.
To avoid potential emergency situations your dentist will be monitoring your vital signs to make sure you are responding well to the sedation.
Monitoring should include:
Oxygenation – Oxygenation saturation.
Ventilation – CO2 and respiration rate.
Circulation – Heart rate, rhythm, and blood pressure.
Temperature – Body temperature.
Documentation – Documentation should be kept for all drugs, dosages, and administration times. Data from the monitoring devices should be recorded continually.
For more detailed information see the American Dental Association Guidelines for Use of Sedation and Anesthesia by Dentists.
Don’t be afraid to check with your dentist to make sure these monitoring measures are in place and that they are following proper guidelines.
What types of sedation are used with Sedation Dentistry?
Inhaled Sedation – Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is inhaled through a mask device.
Oral Sedation – A pill is administered to the patient that will make them feel drowsy.
How safe is Sedation Dentistry?
As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk. Generally, sedation is handled well and side effects are rare. Common side effects can be little to no recollection of the procedure, dry mouth, and hiccups. To lower risks follow these best practices:
Let your dentist know your medical history and any medications you are currently taking.
To avoid potential emergency situations your dentist will be monitoring your vital signs to make sure you are responding well to the sedation.
SEEING YOUR DENTIST REGUALRY WILL HELP YOU AVOID HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SAVES YOUR TEETH
Having a full set of teeth has more advantages than you might think. Many problems develop once you lose even one tooth. By taking the proper measures to keep your teeth you can avoid issues that can significantly impact your quality of life.
Benefits of Keeping Your Teeth
Your teeth support each other.
A full toothed smile increases confidence.
Chewing is much easier.
Reduced risk of infections, gum disease, tooth decay and bone loss.
Massive cost savings compared to treatments for issues related to tooth loss.
Saves you pain.
What Happens When You Lose A Tooth?
Teeth rely on each other for support. Like books on a shelf, they lean on each other. Remove one and the books fall. What happens next is that the teeth that used to fit together with the opposing jaw (top teeth fitting into the lower teeth) for chewing, are getting hit where they shouldn’t be. The top, biting surface of the tooth is built for force, crushing, and tearing. When the tooth tips, it’s like constantly stepping on the side of your foot instead of the bottom. Your knees, ankles and hips will all be damaged.
Finally, losing a tooth causes irreversible jawbone damage. The jaw is also designed to support the tooth. When a tooth is removed, the jaw is no longer receiving the stimulation it needs and it begins to deteriorate. This loss of jawbone strength can cause further tooth loss and the difficulty in replacement methods.
You Could Lose Your Smile and Look Older
Not having a tooth will change how the skin drapes over your jawbone and facial muscles. This will cause facial sagging and create an aged look. Gaps in teeth can affect your smile and potentially cause you to not want to smile at all. These changes in your appearance can significantly hurt your self-confidence and interfere with laughing and joyful expression.
Extra Space Invites Bacteria
As discussed earlier, your teeth work together in a delicate balance and support each other. Losing a tooth throws off the balance. This can create gaps that food and bacteria can build up in, making it difficult to clean. This can lead to gum disease and bone loss.
Eating Difficulty and Limited Food Choice
Losing teeth makes eating more difficult. This may cause you to stop eating foods as they become more difficult to chew. This may not only limit your food choice but keep you from obtaining important nutrients in your diet. Not being able to properly chew your food can also lead to digestive strain.
Tooth loss causes speech to become more difficult. Speech is a very sophisticated process and any kind of change in your mouth will have an impact. Sometimes the speech change can be significant which can greatly impact your self-confidence and ability to communicate.
We mentioned the collapse of the bite above – when the top teeth don’t fit into the bottom teeth the way they should. Not only does this cause undue wear, but it can also create stress on the jaw and facial muscles. These stresses can cause pain in the jaw and face as well as headaches.
Today’s dentist has many options to repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth. You can have a longer, healthier life while enjoying the foods you love, smiling wide, and laughing out loud.
READ THESE TESTIMONIALS AND RECEIVE THE DENTAL CARE YOU DESERVE.
Sophia avoided dental care for 10 years, but today, everything is different.
It had been years of fear, bad breath, and bleeding gums. She had difficulty getting numb and fear kept him away. She didn’t smile and his sense of self-worth took a hit. She came in with severe tooth pain and was extremely anxious. She was so nervous that it was terrified to sit on the dental chair. Dr. Mojaver took her time and Sophia was more and more calm. Once we presented her with the option of Oral Sedation, she considered the treatment and completed her dental care.
She now has healthy teeth and gums with a beautiful confident smile.
“I can’t express my gratitude enough to the entire team. From the time I walked in the door, they went out of their way to make me comfortable. They have given me my smile back and for that, I will always appreciate what they did for me!”
We are grateful for Sophia and all the patients like her. Find a dental home here and lose your fear too.
Marianna- It was fear, plain and simple, that kept Claudia from a dentist for 17 years. She was stuck.
She didn’t smile, she had badly decayed teeth, bleeding gums, and trouble eating. All of it manifested in low self-esteem. She was stuck.
Today Mariana says, “Sedation Dentistry has changed my life. My teeth were sensitive to hot and cold. I now smile and am able to have drinks with ice and eat hot items. I no longer hide my smile.”
She uses that smile to praise the Dr. Nasrin Mojaver and her team that helped her. “They are all great!” she says. “I feel like I’m part of the group and everyone in the office treats me like family. I am so grateful I found them!”
Make your appointment with a Pearl Cosmetic and Family Dentistry office now and find your new smile.
Allen – Over time he just stopped smiling, his confidence took a hit, and eventually, his overall health followed suit.
Time flies and 15 years go by easily when you are afraid of the pain you’ve experienced in the childhood. When you can’t get numb, it’s even easier to stay away. Over time you just stop going to the dentist. Your confidence takes a hit, and eventually, your overall health follows suit.
What makes someone change? Is there another option?
“I had waited a long time to have work done on my teeth that needed to be done because I would get hurt every time I went to the dentist,” said Daniel. “Who wants that?! Sedation dentistry was wonderful, no pain. I would do it again in an instant and am no longer hesitant to go to the dentist. I’m no longer self-conscious about my teeth and smile.”
“It was wonderful, but what made the experience outstanding were the staff at the Pearl Cosmetic and Family dentistry office. I was treated and felt like, I was a long-time friend to everyone there. I will be going back for a long time to come. I was recommended to them by a friend, and I have recommended them to several friends and family.”
Now he recommends sedation dentistry for you.
Benny’s story – Medical issues make avoidance impossible.
Cari suffers from an autoimmune system deficiency called Sjogren’s disease for that reason, she can’t avoid the dentist–and she dearly wants to. For that reason, she can’t avoid the dentist – although she dearly wants to. Because her body can’t fight infection easily, Cari’s health depends upon vigilance in many areas, including oral health and gums.
“Unfortunately, it’s not just big things like fillings or root canals that are uncomfortable for me. I even find routine cleanings difficult. So basically, ANY reason to see the dentist causes me tremendous anxiety,” explains Benny.
As a result, Benny was eager to explore sedation care. “I was apprehensive at the start, but I was amazed at how the staff put me so quickly at ease. Now when I hear ‘sedation dentistry,’ I just immediately think, ‘comfort.'”
Amber’s Story – Don’t be afraid to join the team!
Amber was absolutely petrified of the dentist – so much so that she waited a long time before seeking necessary care. By then, her gums were swollen due to heavy tarter build up and she had lots of pain. In other words, she waited too long.
“It wasn’t as if I had no reason for avoiding the dentist,” shares Amber. “My last experience was so horrible, it actually traumatized me. Halfway through a procedure the anesthetic wore off.”
Twelve years passed after that difficult day. Now Amber’s problems had multiplied. She had adult teeth that never emerged, leaving baby teeth in place. She had teeth that were decayed and discolored, all crying out for long-overdue maintenance. Then she happened to hear an ad for something called sedation dentistry. But despite the reassuring words uttered, Amber still couldn’t bring herself to even make a simple phone call to a dental office.
After weeks, Amber made an appointment, but still dreaded the actual visit. And when she walked through the door, she still wondered: will they even be willing to work on such terrible teeth?
The answer came almost immediately, she recalls. “The staff was excited to see me. They were incredibly warm and welcoming. And the experience of sedation itself was completely relaxing. I was awake, but calm. The dentist would occasionally ask me questions and I had no problem following him and responding.”
Knowing she could now face any dental problem made it easy for Amber to return to routine care. And suddenly possessing healthy teeth made a difference she hadn’t anticipated in her social life. “I smiled more, and I took more chances. For example, I had always wanted to join an adult soccer league. It’s such a great sport and I played as a teenager. I was so self-conscious about meeting new people. Now it’s the highlight of my week and I’ve made many new friends.”
Amy’s Story – Finding a judgment-free zone.
Like many people, Shannon inherited her fear of the dentist. Her mother had an avid dislike and refused to take her daughter for regular oral care. When Shannon finally did go in for checkups as a teenager, she received lectures about the condition of her teeth. She left feeling bad about herself, and worse, harshly judged by the very people who were supposed to be helping her.
As she grew up, the answer seemed simple to Shannon: Avoid the dentist, avoid the judgment.
“Fortunately, that’s not the scenario my husband saw at all. As he watched the condition of my teeth continue to deteriorate, he got continually more agitated and frustrated with me,” she recalls. “He kept talking about ‘sedation dentistry,’ which at the very beginning I didn’t understand at all.”
Finally, Shannon decided: “If my husband trusts sedation dentistry, then maybe I should too. So, I made an appointment to receive dental care with sedation.”
The way Shannon was treated by both the dentist and her team had a huge impact. “They also gave me information no one else had troubled to provide. I learned that my teeth were predisposed to decay – a sort of genetic legacy.” She was told that, in order to keep her teeth, it would be important to monitor the decay and work closely with the dentist to prevent problems.
Instead of lecturing Shannon, the dental team praised her efforts in the past. They said they were glad she came in and looked forward to continuing to help her.
Shannon now tries to spread the word to others about the value of sedation. “The more people I talk to about what I’ve had done, the more I see the vital need for sedation dentistry. It’s hard to say where I would be without it. No matter how long you’ve put off care, come back. Dr Nasrin Mojaver and her team are waiting to welcome you.”