Dr. Michael Morgan offers a service similar to conscious sedation dentistry but not quite as strong. It is called anxiolysis, and it will make your appointment anxiety free. You may not even remember your appointment. If you need something stronger, he also provides general sedation through the services of an anesthesiologist who comes to the office.
Dental Anxiety Is Common
Estimates show that each year, some 30 to 40 million Americans cancel or delay dental appointments due to anxiety or fear. If a visit to the dentist makes you nervous, you’re not alone.
Dr. Morgan enjoys seeing anxious patients. They often find that his calm demeanor and caring, chairside manner reduce some anxiety. All of our staff members are sensitive to the needs of anxious patients. We take extra care to ensure your comfort. But if you’re like many patients, you may need a little more help to relax.
Dr. Morgan uses commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication to help patients relax. A small, single dose is taken about an hour before your dental appointment. But before you are given the medication, Dr. Morgan will thoroughly review your medical history and current medication to ensure you are a candidate for it.
You will quickly feel the effects of the medication. It will make you very relaxed—so relaxed that you will need to arrange for transportation to and from your dental appointment. During dental treatment, some patients are so relaxed they fall asleep. After their dental procedure is complete, many patients only have spotty memory of the appointment.
Anxiety-free dentistry helps you receive the dental treatment you need to maintain good oral health. It helps Dr. Morgan accomplish as much as possible during your appointment. Your time in the dental chair will be productive. One of our patients described her visit with us:
“I was really nervous about my surgical procedure, but Dr. Morgan assured me that I would not feel any pain. He made sure that I was completely numb and comfortable. I barely felt anything!” – Taylor R.
After Your Appointment
When your dental treatment is complete, you will still be somewhat drowsy. You will receive instructions for at-home care. Many patients say that the day after anxiolysis, they continue to have a reduced pain level.
We Welcome Your Visit
It often helps to meet our staff and see our office in advance of your appointment. The welcoming experience and our relaxing environment can increase your comfort level. We welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morgan. You will spend a few minutes with him and be able to ask questions and discuss your concerns. When you’re ready, call us to schedule an appointment, or complete our Request an Appointment form. We’re confident that you will have a pleasant appointment.
Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
Dr. Morgan has received training through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and maintains membership in that organization.