Why You Should Try Sedation Dentistry For Dental Phobia
It’s the perfect time of year to show those pearly whites. Vacation calls for lots of pictures, smiling, and laughter. So why are you hiding your teeth? Are you one of the approximately 33% of Americans that are unhappy with their smile? Do you avoid the dentist due to fears associated with past experiences? If you are, you are not alone! About 30 to 40 million Americans avoid going to the dentist each year due to dental phobia.
7 Common Reasons For Dental Phobia & Anxiety
Pain management is a huge concern for patients undergoing commonly dreaded procedures like root canals and dental implants. However, with sedation dentistry, even the most uncomfortable procedures are nothing to worry about. You’ll be placed in a relaxed state and allowed to sit peacefully during the treatment.
- Loss of Control & the Unknown
Many of our patients fear not knowing what is going to happen during their visit, or what the dentist might find during a routine check-up. Finding a dentist and staff that you can trust is essential to achieving successful examinations. This allows the patient to speak candidly about their comfort level, allowing for your dental professionals to serve you better. Easy communication between patient and dentist can help eliminate the feeling of loss of control. Our excellent staff will help guide you through every step of your dental treatment.
- Dental Equipment
Many of the standard tools for oral health examinations are sharp, metal instruments. If this is a cause for anxiety, you can ask your dentist or dental professional to better explain the tools to you, as well as requesting to hold them to get a better feel for them. Our staff has been specially trained to tailor to phobic and anxious dental patients.
- Gag Reflex
For those individuals who have a sensitive gag reflex, standard items (such as x-ray tabs, or instruments) may create an uncomfortable environment during an examination. If you are aware that you may be sensitive, inform your dentist beforehand so that they are aware, or so that they may suggest sedation dentistry. Sedation will help allow you to remain calm, and avoid aggravating a sensitive gag reflex during your visit.
- The Mask
Clinical masks are designed to create a sterile environment for doctor and patient alike. Many people fear not being able to read a dentist’s expression (due to the mask covering half of the face). Ask to meet your dentist face to face prior to any procedure. This can help avoid anxiety arising after they put their mask on. Dental Bliss is a practice designed with phobic patients in mind. Our guests and their comfort level is of the utmost importance to the dentists and staff. We strive to ensure that each dental experience is one we would want to have ourselves.
- Tool Noises
Some of the noises that are associated with a dental practice, such as drilling or x-ray machines, can be a bit off putting to phobic and non-phobic patients alike. If you find that auditory noises may exacerbate your anxiety, speak to your dentist about the different levels and options of sedation dentistry. Dental Bliss offers our guests several ways to help remove noises that may cause anxiety, as well as several levels of sedation for overall patient experience and comfort.
- Previous Dental Experiences
Many of our most loyal patients are those who experienced traumatic dental visits in their youth, and who now deal with dental anxiety as a result. This is a subject that hits close to home for our founders. Dental Bliss was created for the sole purpose to have a dental office where those traumatic events could never happen. Our spa-like environment, many amenities, and family friendly staff have all been custom tailored to help phobic patients cope with their fears and begin to enjoy taking care of their oral health.
Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety
With advancements made in technology and dental education, the world of dentistry has undergone a complete reinvention. Not only have methods become quicker, gentler, and more pain-free, options for phobic patients have increased leaps and bonds. No matter if your level of anxiety ranges from mild to extremely severe, there is a level of sedation that can make your experience comfortable.
Brushing and flossing are essential tools to help maintain dental hygiene, but are simply not enough to reach optimum results. Habitual brushing and flossing, along with regular six-month checks up can help prevent future gum disease, as well as catch current issues that may go undetected by the patient. When was the last time you visited a reputable dental professional to have your oral health evaluated? If you are one of the many individuals who avoid the dentist out of anxiety or fear, don’t fret! There are options available to you to achieve a comfortable, “fear-free” visit.
Are you a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Please reserve your appointment to discuss your options today! You can contact one of our caring dental professionals by calling our office, or by filling out our online reservation form. The team at Dental Bliss understands your fears, and phobias. We are here to help you through your anxiety every step of the way, to your end destination of a beautiful, healthy smile.