How to Get Over Your Fear of the Dentist

A fear of the dentist, also called dental anxiety, can be common. But your oral health can take a toll if you’re avoiding your dentist in Santa Monica, CA because of your dental anxiety. Dr. Fabrizio Dall’Olmo and his staff are experienced in treating patients that suffer from dental anxiety and offer solutions to help you get the treatment you need.

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A Dentist Experienced in Dental Fear

Dr. Dall’Olmo has over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry. He’s continually undergoing education to ensure that he’s up to date in the most modern practices dentistry has to offer. At his practice, the relationship between the dentist and patient is key. Dr. Dall’Olmo and his staff work to understand each patient personally so that they can recommend the best methods for their dental care.

Every member of our staff is open to answer any questions you may have. We can walk you through every procedure and help you with any paperwork you may need to fill out. We want to make sure every patient has the ideal experience. If you have a severe form of dental anxiety, we offer a unique approach with sedation dentistry so that you can get the dental care you require.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is used to help patients conquer their dental anxiety. Many people with dental fear avoid regular visits and cleanings, which may lead to complex dental problems. Sedation allows patients to be relaxed throughout any procedure, even if multiple treatments are required to fix the dental issues

Dr. Dall’Olmo will evaluate you and your medical background to determine if sedation dentistry is an option for you. He’s IV sedation certified and offers multiple forms of sedation to accommodate many different types of patients.

Nitrous oxide, often known as laughing gas, can be administered through a mask during the procedure. It takes effect immediately when you inhale it, and wears off almost immediately after you stop. This means you can drive yourself to and from the procedure. You’ll be awake and alert throughout treatment, but you’ll be relaxed and you’ll have little to no memory of it.

With oral conscious sedation, you’ll take a pill before treatment. You will probably need a ride to and from the procedure, particularly if you have to take the pill several hours before the treatment. You’re awake during treatment, but totally relaxed throughout the entire thing.

The last form of sedation is IV sedation. This is for patients that are going through extremely advanced procedures, often for restorative purposes. You’ll be completely asleep throughout the procedure, and the sedation will be controlled and monitored by certified professionals throughout the entire process.

Your Experienced Sedation Dentist in Santa Monica, California

Dr. Dall’Olmo is dedicated to offering complete, compassionate care to patients with dental anxiety. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get started!

Articles By: Dr. Fabrizio Dall'Olmo