Dental Fear and Anxiety2018-05-23T02:35:26+00:00


Say goodbye to fear and hello to a beautiful, healthy smile.



No matter how fearful you are, or how long it’s been since you were at the dentist, you can get back to dental health easily and comfortably without stress or anxiety. We’ve spent more than 30 years helping people get past their fears to achieve dental health, comfort and the appearance they want. At Dental Care of Stamford we offer a wide range of relaxation aids, a drug-free approach to fear management, and a variety of medicines that all safely and effectively eliminate any stress.

For more information about how we can help you overcome your dental fear please call us today at (203) 883-4433 or request a free consultation.


Safe and effective options that make going to the dentist easy.


If you feel very apprehensive, but don’t want to be sleepy then nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) may be the right solution for you. With this extremely safe and effective sedation technique you are awake, but very relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a medicated air that you breath in through a small mask that’s placed over you nose.  It gives you a detached floating feeling which will wear off shortly once the mask is removed.


Oral conscious sedation is a very safe and highly effective way to take care of your dental health without stress. With oral conscious sedation you take a pill that relaxes you and puts you into a dreamy state of consciousness. You alternate between being conscious and drifting off to sleep for your entire appointment. Most people have very little, if any memory of their entire visit to the dentist.


With IV sedation our board certified dental anesthesiologist places a small IV in your arm. This allows the doctor to inject the anesthesia medicines that put you to sleep. Just like in a medical procedure, you will be sound asleep the entire time and safely monitored by our team. You are comfortable, pain free and you will have no memory of your dental visit.

If you have questions or would like more information about sedation dentistry please call us today at (203) 883-4433.


Doing everything we can to make your dental visits as pleasant as possible!



Many people have strong fears associated with dental care that makes it hard for them to get their work done.   Other patients need a lot of work and do not want to have to come for many visits.  They want to get it done in the fewest visits possible.  In either case, being sedated makes the patients unaware of what is going on and they can get through their appointments with ease and comfort.

Anyone who wants to have dental work done in a state of comfort and relaxation is a candidate for sedation dentistry.  Here are some examples of pat

People who have:

  • High Fear
  • Had traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Limited time to complete their dental care
  • Complex dental problems

People who …

  • Hate needles and shots!
  • Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth
  • Disabilities that preclude them from receiving traditional dental services

Sedation dentistry works by taking a pill that relaxes you and puts you in a twilight state of consciousness.   You alternate between being conscious and drifting off to sleep.  And best of all, most people have very little if any memory of the entire dental visit. When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the sleep room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, the staff at Dental Care will take care of your dental needs. Then, when your treatment is completed your companion will return you home to finish your relaxing sleep.

With IV sedation our board certified dental anesthesiologist places a small IV in your arm. This allows the doctor to inject the anesthesia medicines that put you to sleep. Just like in a medical procedure, you will be sound asleep the entire time and safely monitored by our team. You are comfortable, pain free and you will have no memory of your dental visit.

No. You will feel nothing!

Yes, one of our team is always with you and you’re vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

With both oral conscious sedation (pill) and IV sedation you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.  They will also need to stay with you for several hours because even though you might feel awake you will be drowsy and if left alone might slip and fall.

You have nothing to eat or drink from midnight on the day prior to your visits.  If you take routine medicines you MUST discuss this with the doctor at your consultation visit.  Different medicines can interact with each other and it is important that we know anything you take.  That includes all vitamins, mineral and herbal supplements of any kind and especially nicotine (in tobacco products) and caffeine (in tea or coffee).  Grapefruit juice is to be avoided as well since it contains chemicals that interfere with sedation and many other medicines.

You will be brought to the office by your companion who will receive their instructions as well.  They don’t have to stay at the office for the entire time but they will need to give us a phone number so we can call them to come and pick you up when your appointment is complete.

You will be escorted from the office directly home by your companion who must seat belt you into your car and take you into your home and get you comfortable and settled to sleep and rest for the balance of the day.  You cannot be left alone because you will still be sleepy for several hours and might slip and fall if unattended.  It is very important that you drink lots of water or fruit juice and when any numbness is gone, soft and easy to digest foods are suggested.

We will review the post operative instructions with your companion before you leave the office.

The medicines that we use for sedation are designed to make you comfortable and not aware of your environment.  As such you cannot drive a car, operate machinery, stand on a ladder, ride a bicycle or any activity that requires fully conscious awareness or judgment until the next day after sedation dentistry.

That includes making important business or personal decisions. You will need to be accompanied to and from the office directly home where you will spend the remainder of the day sleeping and letting the sedation medicines pass out of your system.

When they return to the office, after the first visit for follow up care most of our patients  say something like, “That was so amazing.  If I knew it would be so easy, I would have done it years ago.”  All of your work can be done with sedation if that is what you prefer.  But we will say that many of our patients feel so much better after the first visit that they feel great about having subsequent visits done without sedation. That is of course entirely up to you.


I came here absolutely petrified – Literally shaking in my chair. Everybody here really put me at ease and made me feel comfortable and confident that they were not going to let anything bad happen to me. I had the sedation dentistry work done and it was a complete success. I didn’t remember feeling anything and my recovery was minimal – I was up and at-’em by the next day. And now when I come here I don’t need the sedation. I feel comfortable enough to let Dr. Simon do what he needs to do.

Lisa, Overcoming Dental Fear

I came to Dr. Simon when I was 16 years old. Before I came I was terrified of the dentist. I had a couple of really bad experiences that kind of left me a little scarred. Dr. Simon literally held my hand the first time he asked me to open my mouth. Through the last 10 years I have been coming here and it becomes easier and easier and my anxiety becomes less and less.  He makes you feel really, really safe and to me that is worth everything.

Lauren, Overcoming Dental Fear

Its taken me a long time to get to the dentist, over 5 years, strictly for the fact that I’m a high fear patient. I don’t enjoy the dentist and have had bad experiences. With this trip to Dr. Simon it was pain-free, I didn’t have to be sedated. It was a great experience and I am definitely more comfortable coming to the dentist from now on.

George, Overcoming Dental Fear

When I came to the dentist I was very, very scared and what Dr. Simon did for me was really make me feel comfortable with the process and explain everything he was going to do to me. And it really wasn’t painful and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. Before I came to Dr. Simon I had never been to the same dentist twice – ever- I was always scared to go back and now I’ve been here 4 times already. I’m completely comfortable with the environment, I love the staff and I would definitely recommend it to family and friends.

Shannon, Overcoming Dental Fear

When I first came to see Dr. Simon I was almost coerced. I really was very fearful of the dentist and had not been able to have any work done. I just could not sit in a dentist’s chair. Amazingly, working with Dr. Simon I am now able to go to the dentist on my own. I don’t need to be sedated anymore. I would highly recommend this place. Everyone here is very caring and very understanding.

MIchelle, Overcoming Dental Fear

I had some pretty crummy dental experiences when I was younger. As a physician I knew the importance of dental care, but I really ignored my teeth. I got a few flyers from Dental Care of Stamford and thought well maybe I’ll just call. I had such a pleasant experience from my first contact with them. I was quite nervous and asked for sedation dentistry. I don’t even remember the experience so it was great! I’ve come back since then and I really recommend Dental Care of Stamford to my patients, friends, family and anyone else.

Jenn, Overcoming Dental Fear


To learn more about how we can help please call us today at (203) 883-4433.