Dental Anxiety? Consider Sedation Dentistry

For most of us, the thought of going to the dentist doesn’t inspire extreme happiness. By its very nature, some aspects of a typical dental appointment can make anyone uncomfortable.

Like most medical appointments, a dental checkup is a necessary part of the process to maintain good health, so we make our six-month visits and get any necessary work done to stay healthy.

However, the high-pitched sound of the dental drill, the fear of dental pain or memories of past bad experiences may ratchet up the anxiety levels in some people, keeping them from getting checkups and dental treatment.

George Saliba, DDS, Basil Moukarim, DDS, and the professional, friendly dental team at Dental Illusions in Houston have helped many patients conquer their dental anxiety through sedation dentistry. A lot of times, these patients become their best and most loyal patients after slowly overcoming their fears and building trust in the Dental Illusions team. Here are some insights on sedation dentistry.

Dental fear affects millions of people

If you are fearful of going to the dentist and are embarrassed about it, please know that you are far from alone. An estimated 15% of all Americans — about 40 million people — avoid going to the dentist due to fear or anxiety. For these fearful patients, routine checkups and needed treatment are put on hold for months, sometimes for years.


Only a bad toothache or infection will get some people back to the dentist. The good news is that sedation dentistry treatments are readily available and help you relax and take the edge off your anxiety. The professional team at Dental Illusions is highly experienced at performing sedation dentistry treatments. We will help you relax and feel comfortable during your appointment.

Variety of safe, customizable treatment options

Dental Illusions has numerous sedation dentistry treatments. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation. During your sedation consultation, you and your dentist will discuss the options to find the one that matches your situation and level of anxiety. At times sedation options are customized for the best outcomes, particularly for senior citizens, children, and patients with special needs.

Dr. George Saliba and Dr. Basil Moukarim treat people who have problems getting numb, high anxiety, haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and have complex dental issues, using the latest in dental treatment techniques and technology.

Restore your oral health in less time

Sedation dentistry has other advantages, too. It allows you to combine multiple visits into one longer appointment. Face it: If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, chances are you will need more than a good professional cleaning. Once you finally get comfortable with the idea of getting back to the dentist, you may have several dental issues to tackle. Sedation dentistry lets you handle multiple treatments in one sitting.

With sedation dentistry, Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim at Dental Illusions can help you regain your oral health in a gentle, nonjudgmental environment in less time and with less anxiety. Say goodbye to your dental fears and begin with a new healthy smile.

If you are fearful of the dentist, visit the dental professionals at Dental Illusions in Houston for a sedation dentistry consultation. They will get you started on the road to oral health with less stress and anxiety. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim see patients at their NW Houston Champion Forest and West University, Texas, locations. Book your appointment online or call today.

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