Anxiolysis/anxiolytics in Springfield, MO

Anxiolysis/anxiolytics in Springfield, MO

Do you often dread or hate your dental visits and try to avoid dental care because of it? If your answer is a yes, it means you have some kind of dental anxiety or dental fear. It is a very common condition; about 50-80% of US adults have some form of dental anxiety, and 20% avoid dental treatments because of the same. 

Causes of dental anxiety

The major causes of dental anxiety are as follows:

  • fear of pain
  • past traumatic dental experiences
  • fear of loss of control
  • history of anxiety disorder
  • trust issues
  • fear of needles
  • uncomfortable with an invasion of personal space
  • fear of anesthesia and its side effects

At iTooth Family Dentistry, LLC, our dental team considers it our priority to make our patients feel relaxed and safe at our office and uses Anxiolysis to help our patients to be at ease. 


A type of oral sedation using a light sedative valium, anxiolysis is also known as minimal sedation, conscious sedation, or twilight sedation. It helps patients with mild to moderate dental fear and anxiety relax and be at ease. When anxiolysis is administered orally, the patient will achieve a relaxed and tension-free state so that they can stay calm during the dental procedure. The patient remains conscious throughout the procedure and will be able to talk, breathe, and respond. However, they will sense the entire dental treatment as a relaxing experience. 

Once the procedure is done, the effects of anxiolysis wear away quickly, and the patient will be able to drive themselves home and return to daily activities soon. 

Tips To Stay Calm And Relaxed During A Dental Procedure 

The iTooth Family Dentistry dental team recommends the following solutions for patients with dental anxiety to make their dental visits as relaxing, quick, and easy as possible. 

Communication is the key:

Before the procedure starts, let our dentists know that you have dental fear. We will give you the correct information about what we do during the procedure so that you understand what is going on, the reason why we are doing it, and what to expect next. Knowing what happens next can help you stay calm.

Calming Techniques:

Practicing controlled breathing or finding a distraction inside the procedure room can help many patients stay calm. 

Listening to Music:

For several procedures, dentists permit the patients to use personal headphones to listen to music. This is a great way to stay calm and relaxed in the dental chair.  

Taking Breaks:

If you think taking short breaks in between the treatment can help you stay at ease, please let us know by signaling during the procedure. 

To learn more about Anxiolysis, visit our office, iTooth Family Dentistry, at 3211 E Battlefield Rd #100, Springfield, MO 65804. You can also reach us at (417) 883-8515 and schedule an appointment.


3211 E Battlefield Rd #100, Springfield, MO 65804

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