So usually we kind of find out what it is, why, where is that anxiety coming from. If it's like I'm not I don't feel like I'm in control when I'm at the dentist, and we reassure them, simply you are and if anything is uncomfortable you need to break, you need to get up, you need to whatever that maybe. If... we're going to get past that, then it's going to be something since I am cosmetic, I do a lot of cosmetic stuff up front. I've never been a real fan of (inaudible), because it's in my way most of the time especially if I'm doing full-mouth. So, I've always used an oral just a something real similar to Valium, they take it an hour before they come in usually they just need somebody take them home. The other option is if they don't want that and then one IV sedation, we actually have a dental anesthesiologist that will come to the office, he's contracted out so it's just a matter of... and we make the arrangements make sure he's in the office, and then patient pays the fee for that and then we do our thing, and that some patients are more comfortable with that even because they don't get the same effect with with doing oral medication, as far less expensive so this found that over the 27 years are using it never had an issue with patients taking it, and they all are amazed how well it works. It's kind of like sleep a little bit of a half sleepy dentistry I guess, most of the time they fall asleep.
A prior unpleasant experience at the dentist. Embarrassment over the condition of your teeth. There are plenty of reasons you might have dental anxiety.
The VIP experience we offer at Tieken Smiles Dentistry should go a long way toward easing your dental anxiety. The environment at our Our League City, TX dentist office is comfortable, not clinical! From the sleek beverage bar in our waiting room to our private consultation rooms and dental sedation, we strive to relax you and help you relieve dental anxiety.
Ready for a relaxed experience at the dentist? Call Tieken Smiles Dentistry at 281-942-6615 to know more about how our League City, TX dentist Dr. Derek Tieken can help you relieve dental anxiety.
Experience Our Expert Team & Relaxed Atmosphere
I've had patients that won't walk to the back of the office. They won't walk through the doors in the front they'll sit in the reception area they you know they refuse to get out.
What I find is once they find out you're not gonna hurt them and they trust you you hear the stories about you know just grip the chair you know I've given you all I can I'm not gonna be able to get you numb and they plow through well these are the people that when they were kids or teenagers or 20s or whatever they quit going because of that so what I find is when they know that you're gonna get them really know and they know that you're not gonna you know they're gonna you're gonna they're gonna trust you and that you're not gonna hurt them and if you need to stop you stop if you need to give them more anesthetic you I mean once they do that they don't need the medication because they know they can stop they can tell you and you're gonna stop you're not just gonna keep on they're not that little 8 or 10 year old that the dentist made them set there and you know went through it so I think that's the biggest probably one of the biggest things is you know once they know and then you have the you know like I told you about they came back a few weeks ago and oh yeah I don't need that anything that you know that's that's amazing you can do that.
Aside from sedation options, we also offer:
- A NuCalm® headset that moderates your mood with noise-dampening headphones and a light-blocking eye mask. It also uses technology to create a deeply relaxed state by mimicking patterns your brain recognizes to induce relaxation.
- Massage chairs to help erase your tension.
- Flat-screen monitors that Dr. Derek Tieken uses to share digital X-rays and other images as he discusses your treatment plan with you. This gives you a clear understanding of what is going on. Knowledge is power!
Providing the Latest Anesthesia & Dental Sedation TechnologyDr. Derek Tieken on Helping Patients that are Scared to see the Dentist Read Transcript
I've had patients that won't walk to the back of the office. They won't walk through the doors of the front. They'll set in the reception area, they refuse to get up. What I find is once they find out you're not going to hurt them, and they trust you, you hear the stories about, just grip the chair, I've given you all I can, I'm not going to be able to get you numb, and they plow through. Well, these are the people that when they were kids, or teenagers, or twenties or whatever, they quit going because of that, so what I find is that when they know you're going to get them really numb, and they're gonna trust you, and that you're not gonna hurt them and if you need to stop, you stop, if you need to give them more anesthetic, once they do that, they don't need the medication anymore. Because they know they can stop, they can tell you, and you're gonna stop. You're not just going to keep on. They're not that little 8- or 10-year-old that the dentist made them sit there and wince through it. So I think that's probably one of the biggest things is once they know, and then you have the guy like I told you about, that came back a few weeks ago, and oh, yeah, I don't need that anymore. That's amazing, when you can do that.
We’ll thoroughly numb your mouth with local anesthesia for any procedures that may cause you discomfort. We use OraVerse, which cancels out the numbness following your procedure, to improve your anesthesia experience. You’ll be able to eat, drink, and speak normally right away!
If you prefer to be blissfully unaware during dental procedures, we can give you dental sedation. We offer three choices:
- Inhaled sedation
- Oral sedation, in the form of a pill
- IV sedation