As much as 15 percent of the population avoids seeing the dentist out of fear, putting their dental health at risk.* If you have been avoiding getting dental care, you are not alone, and we want you to know we can help. Dr. Richard D. Weigand is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has dedicated over 30 years to helping patients through dentistry. Seeing how dental fear and anxiety has affected so many of his patients, he also offers sedation dentistry to help you get the care you need.
Reasons for Dental Fear
- Bad gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Fear of needles
- Fear of the dental drill
- More complex treatment necessary
- Past traumatic dental experience
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Little to no memory of treatment
- Feel relaxed
- Better quality of care
Sedation Dentistry Options
With sedation dentistry, most patients tend not to remember much, if anything, about their dental appointments. Their experience is anxiety and pain-free, so they can enjoy going to the dentist again.
Dr. Weigand offers several levels of sedation to suit each patient’s unique needs and fears. There are procedures commonly associated with each level of sedation, but every treatment plan is customizable for the patient.
Common Procedures: Fillings and General Restorative Procedures
A local anesthetic is administered through a revolutionary process called the vibration technique. The technique Dr Weigand uses is virtually painless and employs vibrational energy to help block pain impulses from going to the brain. The patient is conscious during the treatment but feels comfortable throughout. Patients are amazed how easy modern dentistry can be.
Common Procedures: Crowns, Bridges, and Cosmetic Procedures
The patient simply takes a pill prior to their appointment, which lets them enter into a euphoric state. The sedation allows the patient to relax before and during their treatment. Some patients may even fall asleep.
Common Procedures: Full Mouth Reconstruction or Other Complex Restorative Procedures
Dr. Weigand works with an Anesthesiologist that comes into the office when needed. Anesthesia renders the patient unconscious during the procedure, and they will have almost no memory of the treatment.
The Proof is in Our Patients
I am very happy with the professionalism of all the staff. The atmosphere was calming and reassuring. Dr. Weigand was very thorough and caring in his approach to my multiple problems. I am happy I chose this office for my future dental work!
– Sylvia F.