Don’t Let Fear Of The Dentist Compromise Your Oral Health

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If you have claustrophobia, you avoid enclosed spaces. If you have arachnophobia, you stay away from spiders. Fair enough! But if you fear the dentist you may be inclined to avoid checkups. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we know this is a bad idea. Sedation dentistry may be just what you need.

The connection between your dental health and overall health is by now well-established. Skipping regular checkups due to fear, or any other reason, puts your general health at risk, too.

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We offer three types of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

  • Nitrous Oxide. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous has been used with great success in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It works quickly and wears off quickly.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation. This involves taking a prescribed sedative an hour or so before your appointment. It won’t put you out, but it will make you very groggy. An escort to and from our office is required.
  • IV Sedation. As the name implies, a strong sedative is adminsitered through a needle. It puts you in an even deeper state of relaxation. You’ll need a ride with this, too.

Sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix has allowed countless patients to get the treatment they deserve. We offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call one of our offices to schedule an appointment today!

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480-428-0040

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Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

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Afraid of the Dentist? Your Phoenix Sedation Dentist Can HelpIf you experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, sedation dentistry from Harris Dental may be for you.

Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for patients in the Phoenix area with dental anxiety.

Though it may sound impossible, with  sedation dentistry patients can actually relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety, and can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity;
  • Fear of needles;
  • A powerful gag reflex;
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement;
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits;
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections.

If you need oral surgery such as a dental implant or wisdom tooth extraction, call Harris Dental in Phoenix for information about sedation dentistry. We offer general dentistry.

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480-428-0040

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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People who suffer from dental phobia may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we have a solution.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator.

A person with dental phobia or dental anxiety may skip the dentist outright, becoming at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a little cavity) proceeds until it contacts a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the required therapy is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Harris Dental, we want to help distressed patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can undergo twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.

If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Harris Dental, we have successfully treated many patients just like you with sedation dentistry. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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480-428-0040

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Looking For A Great Dentist?

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Looking For A Dentist In PhoenixFinding a great dentist in Phoenix is usually the result of a personal recommendation. Patients evaluate a dental practice by the dentist’s chairside manner, dental skill, the services offered, location, dental office atmosphere, wait times, and availability of dental financing. At Harris Dental, our friendly and efficient team provides a full range of dental procedures.

We offer comprehensive general and restorative dentistry including:

Sedation dentistry: Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety, and in some it’s so intense they avoid the dentist altogether. This puts their dental health at risk. Sedation dentistry can get you through your procedure.

CEREC same-day crownsDental crowns are restorations for teeth that have had extensive work done on them.

Dental implantsFor those who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw, and function like natural teeth.

Cosmetic dentistryA range of procedures to upgrade your smile, including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
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Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable

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Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Phoenix

To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Dr. Harris knows this, and that is why the patient-oriented dental team at Harris Dental have made patient comfort our top priority.

In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, we have various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Phoenix dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can limit the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to distinct areas of the mouth. Dentists commonly numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or performing cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may call for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

Dentists commonly recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your dentist will probably administer a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the procedure, make sure you bring a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

I’m Dr. Harris and I want patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Phoenix area and looking for quality general and cosmetic dentistry, I invite you to contact my office today at 480-428-0040 .

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona

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