The Dentist is Your Friend

Jun 15, 2017

Did you know 75% of adults experience some form of dental fear? From dental anxiety to ondontophobia, different people have different levels of fear when it comes to dental treatment. Many people who suffer from dental anxiety only seek dental care during an emergency. This cycle of avoidance can actually worsen dental anxiety, more invasive procedures will be needed if dental neglect causes enough damage. Some common reasons people experience anxiety at the dentist may include:

  • Previous traumatic experience during a dental appointment
  • Embarrassed by their dental hygiene
  • A fear of the pain involved in dental treatments
  • Friends or family with dental fear that has been instilled in the person
  • A lack of control during the dental appointment

If you experience anxiety when it comes to dental treatment you may be wondering how you can overcome it. We’ll discuss some of the best ways to have an anxiety-free, dental appointment.

New advancements in dental technology allow for less invasive procedures, resulting in less pain. We can also use topical or local anesthesia to numb the area being worked on to reduce the pain even further. For patients with an extreme case of dentophobia, sedation dentistry may be an option.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry utilizes medication such as nitrous oxide to help dental patients relax during their treatment. It can be used for virtually any dental procedure from a teeth cleaning to crowns. Depending on how severe your dentophobia is, this may be a great step to dental treatment without the fear.

If you or a family member avoid the dentist like the plague, sedation dentistry might be the perfect option for you. It can allow routine dental examinations, cleanings and treatments without the typical anxiety experienced. Contact Willow Park Dental today to discuss sedation dentistry and schedule your next, anxiety-free appointment!