This Halloween season, we were wondering a simple question. What are you afraid of? For many Americans the answers are pretty colorful ranging from things like to spiders to the always frightening clowns. During this time of year, it can be a little fun to be scared. After all, that’s why we visit those haunted attractions at amusement parks or watch scary movies.

But if there’s one thing in life that you should never be scared of, it’s a trip to the dentist office. If the thought of visiting the dentist is unsettling, you are certainly not alone in your fear. Millions of Americans put of needed dental work every year due to fear. The idea of having someone work on their teeth just seems invasive to them.

But at the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA, we are working to change that experience for many Americans. We offer comfortable procedures in a modern office, with sedation dentistry options available to ease worries and concerns. We offer these services because we care about our patients and it distresses us when we hear stories about what happens when people put off needed dental work.

Procrastinating on dental work can be disastrous. A problem may begin as a very small thing. You may have a minor cavity in one of your teeth. If left untreated, the tooth will continue to decay even if you brush and floss regularly. he decay can eventually necessitate a root canal or crown to save the tooth. If ignored at this point, the tooth may die and fall out.

Ignoring dental work means dealing with more pain and longer and costlier appointments down the line. That’s why we try and offer a stress-free environment in our comfortable Monroe office. We use gentle hands to care for your problems; all the while you can relax under a blanket and watch a movie or listen to music during your procedure.

We also use the latest technology to ensure a comfortable experience for our patients. This includes exciting dental technology including air abrasion technology, lasers to minimize trauma, and digital x-rays. We also offer sedation dentistry to ensure a comfortable experience for our patients.

We also offer sedation dentistry at our Monroe, LA office. Sedation dentistry is specially designed to help relieve any stress or anxiety you may be feeling regarding a dental procedure. Our most popular option is nitrous oxide sedation. You may have heard nitrous oxide referred to as laughing gas. It has earned this name because it makes patients a bit giggly as they undergo their dental work.

Nitrous oxide sedation is extremely safe and effective. A small mask is placed over your nose and you simply breathe in a clean and safe mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. You will immediately feel relaxed and free of your worries. After the procedure, the effects wear off quickly and you can drive yourself home.

If you’d prefer a stronger form of sedation due to fear or anxiety, we also offer oral sedation. We simply prescribe you an anti-anxiety medication to take right before your procedure. You then lean back, relax, and let us refresh your smile. This sedation is stronger, so you will need someone to drive you home afterwards.

So don’t let your fear of the dentist factor into your Halloween plans. Make an appointment at Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA today. For an appointment, call us at 318-302-4236.