Going to the dentist is as simple as going to the grocery store for some people. But there are many people that would rather do anything else than get in that dental chair. The sound of a drill, the smell of the office, or just knowing they have an appointment can put them over the edge.
Most people have a little anxiety just because it’s not something that’s fun and exciting, kind of like going to the DMV. It’s something you have to do not something you want to do. People with dental anxiety might feel a little uneasy about the appointment but can easily get through it. But some people get completely terrified. This is known as dental phobia. A phobia is an intense fear of something. People who have a dental phobia aren’t merely anxious, they are in a panic and completely terrified.
The problem with having a dental phobia is, these patients will avoid the dentist like the plague. They will suffer through gum issues, toothaches, broken and discolored teeth. Avoiding the dentist only makes the issues get worse. A simple cavity can end up being a root canal, broken tooth or even the loss of the tooth if the proper procedures aren’t done.
Believe it or not, this is quite common. There are millions of patients that will put off procedures forever if they could get away with it. But now there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a way to go to the dentist and not have the terrifying fear. The answer is sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry provides an anxiety-free experience. The patient can receive the procedures they need and at the same time be perfectly relaxed. Another benefit it provides is it allows the patients to sit through long procedures that might be necessary.
Sedation dentistry also allows more procedures to be done in one visit. This means that the patients don’t have to make as many appointments. Not only is the patient happy they don’t have to come back a lot, but they really feel good about all the work that is finally getting done.
There are several kinds of sedatives that can be used. Some are used for shorter procedures and others for longer more involved procedures. To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact us at Larry Saylor Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!