Are you avoiding your dental check-up because of that anxious or nervous feeling you get when you think about leaning back in a dental chair? Dental phobia is a real condition that affects many people. It can be a strong anxiety or even a paralyzing fear of the dentist and dental procedures. Unfortunately, it causes many patients to their skip routine dental appointments and avoid necessary dental work. It can range from a nauseous feeling in your stomach when you hear a dental drill or smell a dental office, or a serious fear of choking or pain. If you or someone you know has dental phobia, there are ways to cope and still get the oral health care you need. One of the most successful ways to combat your dental fear is to find a dentist that offers sedation dentistry.
Park South Dentistry is uses sedation dentistry to safely take away your anxiety and provide the tranquility and relaxation you deserve in the dental chair. Nitrous Oxide, commonly called “laughing gas,” is administered comfortably through a mask and can immediately ease your nerves. This light sedative may be just what you need to calmly get through your dental work, even if it is just a routine cleaning, and still be able to drive yourself home.
It is not uncommon for dental phobics to trace their fear back to an unpleasant childhood experience at the dentist. Studies also suggest that many adults with dental anxiety pass their fear of the dentist to their children as well. Take the proper action now to ensuring you still get the dental care you need for yourself and your family. Poor oral health has been linked to serious health conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and even cancer. Sedation dentistry can stop your dental phobia from standing in the way of your health.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry