Anxiety and fear is a common obstacle for many patients that visit a dental office.
The most popular form of sedation dentistry is oral conscious sedation. Dr. Matarazzo discusses administration of this medication with his patients well before their initial appointment. Patients are able to sit with their dentist to discuss their fears, and give Dr. Matarazzo a thorough picture of how the dental chair affects their anxiety. Patients are given time to talk about past experiences they may have had, problems that have occurred, and how they may even feel as though dentistry has let them down. By communicating with the doctor, many patients find that they are able to connect and build trust with him and his staff, and may need an even lower dose of oral sedation to get them through the appointment comfortably.
Ok so just introduce yourself. Hello my name is Ed. So Ed how did you feel about going to the dentist in your experiences before coming to Dr. Stephen Matarazzo? Well before I went I was scared, I did not know what to expect, and then the first thing I had done was a root canal, and then after that – I was I had another thing done with Dr. Stephen Matarazzo’s father. From then he referred me and I was still sacred to show up until I had one of my teeth fixed and I felt accountable in going. Then he gave me different options, to do and I waited it out and I was trying to hold out as much as I can to save my teeth and get to the point where I could not even chew spaghetti anymore. I had a couple of things done and I had to make up a decision, so I decided to have it done and I was still scared – it was a long process, but now, I feel great, I feel better – I smile and I am more outgoing and I feel much better, and hat is the best thing I have ever done – it is the best thing I have invested in next to my house – it is right up there. Okay Ed so here is your after picture. Wow! Amazing right? Wow really what do you think about that? It is great, really great – compared to before? Oh I would not not be smiling before. Oh yeah? That is amazing – I would never be smiling. You look great, good job! Yeah that is weird; I usually never smile like that even before. Yeah you cover up your mouth not like now.
Hi, this is Dr. Stephen Matarazzo, we are here with our friend David and he is going to tell us a little bit of story of why they came to us and what happened. David if you could help us – sure. I think I obviously had some serious issues with my teeth, it was something that had bothered me or quite some time, and years of neglect took its toll. I finally got the confidence to build up a relationship with a dentist and from day 1 Dr. Stephen Matarazzo and I walked a great distance over the last few years. Much more confidence now, and I am just thrilled to death with the outcome of my teeth. Beautiful! I want to show how good it looks. This is before we whitened the teeth – you can see here. Do you feel good about how far we came? Yes. That is how we started together. It is embarrassing – the transformation is amazing. Look at just the bottom teeth and all we did on the bottom was straightening them, and do the cavities with white fillings. Look at how clean and nice those look! They look great! So it has been a pleasure and I wanted to work with you – and it is just amazing. So you feel a difference in your life? Absolutely – much more confidence and I feel I have accomplished better opportunities. Life changing move that we made. Albright – you had the courage and I had the courage to do it. Really! I will never forget the day. You know I was waiting for a buddy outside the diner and it was just something I had been brewing for a while and for whatever reason that was the day. So you were talking to a friend. No I was just talking to myself and I was having some quiet time in the car and that was day 1 to the next chapter. That is like a lot of things – where you have to hit bottom before you start going up. I know with my weight loss and things, I really just had – I knew for years I had to do something and I just had to be alone and think about it and how I wanted the rest of my life to go. So congratulations that took courage. Thank you – ok buddy thank you!
Hi this is Dr. Stephen Matarazzo and this is one of our friends and patients, Amanda and she has been nice enough to agree to tell us a little bit about her story. So I have been coming to Dr. Stephen Matarazzo my whole life, and I still had a baby tooth n my mouth that was aching, and I wanted to get it pulled out and I was scared to death. I was talking to him about going to an oral surgeon so I could be sedated or put to sleep but then I decided to stay here and work with him, and have him sedate me using oral pills, tat just kind of knocks me out a little bit and i honestly don’t remember anything, everything went smoothly it was perfect, and I have been feeling great ever since. Thanks Amanda!
Dr. Matarazzo has been trained and is experienced in providing safe and effective sedation dentistry. He follows strict protocols when providing sedation. He conducts an evaluation of a patient and their medical needs and history, as well as possible conflicts with medications they are currently taking. He effectively reduces the anxiety level to the point where the patient can get through a dental appointment calmly. It is required that the patient arrange for someone to drive them to and from their appointment.
Before the patient begins their appointment, Dr. Matarazzo will ensure that they have a low anxiety level and are calm and comfortable. Once relaxed, he will administer local anesthetic and start the procedure, knowing that his patient is ready and prepared for their treatment without debilitating fears.
If you are interested in learning more about oral conscious sedation dentistry and how Dr. Matarazzo can use it to ease your concerns, call today to schedule a consultation appointment and learn the benefits that sedation dentistry can provide!