Dental anxiety is a common problem, and one which causes many people to have problems with their teeth that could easily be avoided. People with dental anxiety often put off dental work, letting problems build up until they become difficult to treat. Sedation dentistry can help you lose your anxiety so you can be sure your teeth are well cared for.
What Causes Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety usually develops as a result of a traumatic experience at the dental office. Most commonly, this experience occurs during childhood. Because it’s more difficult for children to understand what’s happening when they go to the dentist, they’re more likely to be afraid or overly anxious. Today’s pediatric dentists are trained to reduce children’s anxiety so it’s less likely for them to develop a fear of the dentist as they grow older.
Even with the best pediatric dentist, it’s possible for dental anxiety to develop, especially if a child has numerous cavities at a young age. Having to have frequent fillings or other restorations can lead to dental anxiety in adulthood. However, now people who suffer from dental anxiety can benefit from sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can help you overcome your dental anxiety by helping you enter into a very relaxed, calm state. Different dentists prefer different approaches to sedation, but the most common are:
- Oral sedation
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Intravenous sedation
All three methods create very similar results. You will not be unconscious, but will be very relaxed, calm, and comfortable. However, if you have a preference for one method other the others, be sure to discuss this with your dentist.
With sedation dentistry, you can have your dental work done in comfort and without stress. If you’ve put off visits to the dental office, sedation can help you catch up with any neglected dental work, often in fewer appointments than might otherwise be necessary. If you suffer from dental anxiety, talk to your dentist today about how sedation can help you.
Call Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery today and set up a consultation with someone on our caring team.