Is a dental phobia or fear of the dentist negatively affecting your dental health? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that about 15% of the population has some degree of fear and anxiety about going to the dentist. This can range from a racing heart beat and sweaty palms to fear that is so intense, it is debilitation.
As a result of this fear, many individuals do not seek the dental health care they need to maintain good oral health. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious dental health problems that require attention. It is a vicious cycle!
So what is the answer to dealing with dental anxieties? The first step is to find a dentist and a dental practice that you feel comfortable with. The second step is to talk to your dentist about your fears and how they can be overcome. In some cases, it may be as simple as listening to soothing music while you are getting treatment. In other cases, sedation can be used to ease your fears and anxieties.
Most dental practices today offer some type of Sedation Dentistry. This can range from inhaled Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to oral sedative medications to I.V. sedative medications. Patients who have a fear of the dentist can definitely benefit from Sedation Dentistry. It is also a good option for patients with a severe gag reflex, individuals who have trouble getting numb with local anesthetics and individuals who have physical limitations that make it difficult to receive dental care.
Don’t let fear keep you from taking good care of your teeth. Talk to your dentist about your options for Sedation Dentistry today.
Posted on behalf of