Whether you need a critical reconstructive dentistry procedure or routine preventive care to avoid serious problems, dental care is important. However, we understand that many people right now are reluctant to visit the dentist. Normal dental anxiety has been heightened by current events, so that people who used to be able to make regular appointments are now having trouble. This is true even for people who didn’t used to think they had dental anxiety.

It is safe to visit the dentist right now. However, anxiety might make it hard. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry. This can calm your anxiety to help you get the dental care you need and want.

It’s Safe to Visit the Dentist

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It’s safe to visit the dentist for necessary, routine, and elective dental procedures. Early in the pandemic, dental clinics shut down partially to do our part in combating the coronavirus. Partial shutdowns let us focus on emergency care, which freed up emergency departments to deal with other critical patients. And it reduced the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), so that it was available for doctors. There was never a serious fear that the virus spread through dental offices.

However, to reduce the chances still further, dentists implemented even more rigorous protective measures for the safety of our staff and our patients. We are open because we are confident we can keep everyone safe in our office.

We Understand Anxiety Persists

However, we understand that, no matter how much we reassure patients, there will always be some who are anxious. We’re used to this. After all, we’re dentists. We have always had patients whose high levels of anxiety couldn’t be overcome just by facts.

Unfortunately, we are finding that there are even more patients in this situation now. But there is good news: we have ways to help anxious patients overcome their fears and get dental care now.

Sedation Dentistry Is Safe and Effective

Whether it’s new or old, mild or severe, sedation dentistry can help you overcome your dental anxiety. Our Irvine sedation dentists have been treating patients with sedation dentistry for over 20 years. His highly trained team knows their roles when patients are sedated. Dr. Rice is also certified by the California State Board for Oral Sedation, as well as certification from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

At Rice Dentistry, safety is always our top priority, and we are especially conscientious right now. We will only recommend sedation dentistry if it is safe and the right way to help you get dental care.

Sedation Dentistry in Irvine

If you are looking for a way to overcome uncertainty and anxiety that’s keeping you from the dentist, we can help. At Rice Dentistry, we help patients from across Orange County get dental care with sedation dentistry.

To learn how we can help you, please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.