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Visiting the dentist may not be on your list of favorite things to do. However, for some patients, dental care can evoke significant fear and anxiety. Dental anxiety or dental phobia is a very real condition. Unfortunately, it can keep many patients from getting the dental treatments they need and deserve for a healthy smile.

Dental anxiety can present itself various ways and levels of severity. For instance, one patient may experience a racing heart or sweaty palms at the thought of a dental needle or injection. Other patients with dental phobia, however, may have a paralyzing fear of just sitting in a dental chair and not feeling in control. While modern dentists work hard to provide relaxing amenities and comforts of home inside their dental offices, some patients may still need help feeling at ease.

Whether it is a routine dental cleaning or a lengthy procedure, it is not uncommon to feel anxious about the following:

  • Pain, needles
  • Sights, smells or tastes of the dental office (dental drill, latex, etc)
  • Feeling of helplessness or not being in control
  • Fear of gagging (severe gag reflux)
  • Trouble sitting still

If you’ve been avoiding or delaying your dental appointment due to anxiety, we invite you to learn about sedation dentistry.

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Sedation dentistry isn’t what you may first assume. It is not a means to “put you to sleep” or fully sedate you. Instead, it can be offered in various forms to help patients relax and be conscious but unbothered by their dental treatments.

While some patients prefer oral conscious sedation with a sedative pill taken prior to their appointment, individuals of all ages can benefit from Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous Oxide is commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” By breathing in a colorless, sweet-smelling gas through a nosepiece during your treatment, you can fully relax yet still be able to communicate with your dental team if needed. Best of all, nitrous oxide has no lingering side effects so you can safely drive yourself home if you wish.

The Impact of a Dental Phobic Parent

When dealing with your dental anxiety, keep in mind that the way you talk about and approach dental care is often passed down to your children. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry found that the greater the dental fear or anxiety of one family member, the higher the level in the rest of the family.

If sedation dentistry is what you need to keep your dental appointments on the calendar and approach them with a positive attitude, then please don’t hesitate to request this service at your next visit. Call Downriver Smiles to learn more.

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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
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William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
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Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
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  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.

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