If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that over 30% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of some level of anxiety or fear. Even worse, about 10% of those are classified as “dental phobics,” or persons with such a high fear level that they avoid the dentist until an emergency need arises.
With these statistics, it comes as no surprise that the nation’s leading cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Without 6-month check-ups and cleanings, your risk of developing gum disease, among other problems, is high.
If the fear of discomfort has prevented you from regular dental care, you are encouraged to share those feelings with a dentist who is sensitive to your concerns. This discussion will allow us to understand your level of fear and explain the methods of comfort available.
In our office, we offer both Oral and I.V. Sedation. Oral Sedation is in pill form so there are no needles used to administer the medication. You can doze through treatment and have little or no memory of the procedure afterward. The medication is safe and recovery time is quick.
We also offer I.V. Sedation, or “twilight sleep,” which is a deeper level of sedation some patients prefer. With either sedation option, you are constantly monitored by a trained staff member and sophisticated equipment throughout your procedure.
New technology also enhances patient comfort. For example, in my office I use a dental laser for certain procedures. This eliminates the drill sound and even speeds recovery by sealing tissues during the procedure. Dental lasers also minimize the elimination of natural tooth structure by pinpointing precisely the areas for treatment. This is ideal for the preparation of fillings and inlays as well as gum recontouring and uncovering implants ready for final tooth attachment.
I believe that the confidence of a beautiful, healthy smile enhances one’s quality of life and everyone should feel that achieving this is within reach. Hopefully, advancements in dental techniques and technology will create a new generation who live their lifetimes with all their natural teeth.
If you have dental fear or know someone who does, suggest they arrange a no-cost consultation by calling 1-866-9-Smiles. This conversation could be the first step to a terrific smile!