Millions of people get so worked up about dental appointments that they skip the dentist entirely. At The Addison Dentist we understand that dental anxiety is a very real thing, and that for some people it’s more like dental phobia. But skipping the dentist is not a good idea. Sedation dentistry may be just what they need.
The title of this blog post, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dentist,” is totally tongue-in-cheek. Survey after survey tells us how common fear of the dentist is, and we do not make light of that. Anywhere from nine to twenty percent of adult Americans cope with it to one degree or another! Many of them exhibit what psychiatrists call avoidance behavior: they’ll do just about anything to avoid a dentist appointment.
There are lots of reasons why people have dental anxiety or phobia. The more common ones include:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of injections
- Fear of side effects
- Fear of helplessness, or loss of control
If you have dental anxiety or phobia, a first step is talking with us about your concerns. The trouble with skipping the dentist entirely, of course, is that it puts your dental health at risk. We want you to have healthy teeth and gums. Just as important, though, is the clear connection between dental health and overall health.
One solution to this is sedation dentistry. We offer:
- Nitrous oxide. Laughing gas works quickly, wears off quickly, and is very effective.
- Oral concious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative before your appointment. It puts you in a state of great relaxation. You will need a ride to and from our office.
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there is hope. At The Addison Dentist, we have successfully treated many patients with sedation dentistry. We offer a wide range of general dentistry procedures. Call for an appointment today!
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