Relieving Dental Anxiety

Let us help you relieve dental anxiety so you can experience stress-free dentistry at Dental Care Center of South Kansas City! At our Kansas City, MO dental office, Dr. Gregory A. Stiver and our calming, soothing team provide a variety of comfort options to make your visit as pleasant as possible! To eliminate some of the financial stress, we offer new patients a dental cleaning and dental exam for just $79!

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'I'm afraid to go to the dentist,' is unfortunately a comment we hear a lot and part of that is based on the past experiences that the person has had. We saw it a lot more, you see it a lot more in the baby boomer generation, I'm one of those, I can remember as a kid having a cavity drilled on and with no anesthetic. I can remember even the dentist saying, 'Do you want a shot?' Well what kid wants a shot? I would always just suffer until finally one day I realized, 'Wow, you can be numbed and it doesn't have to hurt.' A lot of it is just past experiences, people that were impatient with that patient, didn't allow for proper anesthetic, and then just all the stories people hear too, it all plays a part into it. One of the things I discovered in dealing with fear and patience is that number one you've got to develop a trust, and it doesn't happen easily, because that person comes in, they're skeptical, they're cynical, they've heard that before, they don't want to hear it, and so you've got to start working on a trust.

A lot of people just explaining them, explaining things to them, teaching them a little bit is enough, but there's still a large segment that can't. What I finally realized about midway through my career is if I'm going to help these people, and I want to, because there's a lot of people that are in that kind of need, they need to have something to get them beyond just, 'Rah, rah, rah. Positive you can do it.' No, they need more. What I found is in cases like that that's where the sedation has been so beneficial. We can take people that truly have a fear and we can sedate them, we have various means, we can do it with a simple oral drug if we need to, we can do it with (inaudible), and then we can also do with IV sedation. Once you get them through a couple of procedures, and once again, like I said they have success at that and they realize that it wasn't too bad, and quite honestly with a sedation most of the time they don't have any memory of it anyway.

Then you have somebody that their barrier start dropping, they start realizing, 'Wow, I can actually accomplish this,' and then from there then you can go on and take them to that next level. Many, many times in our sedation type of patient, we're able to take them from just hardly walk in the door to a couple of years down the road, they come in, they're smiling and then amazingly they'll have work done and they don't need sedation. That's how we deal with our fearful patients. I also try to have a type of personality that I listen to people, I want to hear what their fears are, I want to hear what caused them to have these problems in the past and then not be too dominating on them. I want them to be part of the process, that I bring them along with me, so that when they're there and they're ready they can finally take that gulp and do what they got to do. That's how we deal with our fearful patients.

Relax With Dental Sedation Options

Because every patient has unique concerns, we provide three different levels of dental sedation. We will discuss each of your options with you so you can experience the optimum level of comfort.

Inhaled sedation is a gas mixed with oxygen that you inhale through a small mask. Within moments, you’ll experience a slight euphoria as your stress safely melts away!

So you can arrive fully relaxed, we can also provide oral conscious sedation in pill form. During an initial consultation, we’ll provide a prescription that you’ll take at a predetermined time before your visit.

IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation we provide. Almost instantly you’ll drift into a comfortable, dream-like state. Many patients only have a vague memory of their visit!

Friendly Team, Comfort Options

Our caring dental team will do everything we can to put you at ease when you visit us. We’ll take the time to listen to your particular concerns so we can treat you to the most patient-centered care possible. If we can help you in any additional way, please just ask!

To help you relax, we provide a comfort menu of amenities, including:

  • Cozy pillows and blankets
  • Warm aromatherapy face and hand towels
  • TVs and headphones to distract you
  • Snacks and beverages

Dr. Gregory Stiver finished his Doctorate Degree of Dental Surgery in Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1984 and then established Dental Care Center of South Kansas City in 1986. Dr. Gregory Stiver also has advanced education in IV sedation and dental implants, he can provide advanced dental sedation and tooth replacement.

We can also provide a private care room and extended appointments by request!

Let us help you conquer your dental anxiety at Dental Care Center of South Kansas City – call 816-399-5539 or use our online form to know more how Dr. Gregory Stiver can help you relieve dental anxiety!