Manage Fear of The Dentist Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry
Many people have a genuine fear of the dentist. Maybe they had a bad experience as a child, fear pain, or don’t like the idea of someone else’s hands in their mouth. There could be any number of reasons for stress and anxiety surrounding a trip to the dentist. The situation becomes far worse for people who have a serious dental phobia. At Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Mitul Patel and his team take every possible step to make each of our patients feel calm, comfortable, and at ease in our office. For those who need help relaxing, sedation dentistry can get you through your dental appointment so you can maintain your oral health without enduring unnecessary stress.
Don’t be Afraid the Dentist
Call Dr. Patel today to find out about sedation dentisttry and how that can help you get past your fear of the dentist. (770) 888-3384
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The Difference Between Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia
It’s understandable to be anxious about going to the dentist just as much as you dread any doctor’s visit. Nevertheless, most people do what they need to do to maintain their well-being and honor their dental appointments every six months.
Individuals who have a phobia of the dentist, however, can experience intense and unreasonable fear of a dental visit in its entirety. Even thoughts of a dental cleaning or exam can induce panic. So, they completely avoid even routine visits to the dentist. The result? Decay, periodontal disease, broken teeth, pain, and so much more.
Managing Your Fear of the Dentist
Finding a way to combat the terror that a dental visit can provoke is essential. It is the goal of our Johns Creek dentist practice to do everything we can to help you maintain good oral health. For that reason, we offer:
- Oral sedation: A pill taken orally one hour before your procedure is to begin – whether it’s a cleaning, crown, or otherwise – produces a light to moderate level of sedation. You will feel sleepy, and some patients even take a little snooze during their procedures and don’t remember anything upon waking. Not only does this type of sedation relax you tremendously, it still allows you to respond to Dr. Patel if needed. There is a period of recovery time after oral sedation, and patients who choose this option may not drive and must have someone to take them home.
- Laughing Gas. Laughing gas produces a level of light sedation. The gas is inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose and is expelled through the mouth. Laughing gas is a common form of sedation, and helps patients reach a state of relaxation. The effects quickly wear off after the gas is turned off, which means you can drive right after your dental appointment.
People who are getting several dental procedures completed at one time often choose sedation dentistry, though it can also be used if you are only undergoing one procedure. The sleepy but awake feeling satisfies the need to be aware but out of it at the same time so you can get the dental care you need without feeling the anxiousness of being in the dentist’s chair. As a highly anxious patient, having you more relaxed makes it easier for your Johns Creek dentist to complete your dental work efficiently and without interruption.
Consequences of Not Visiting the Dentist
Without professional care of your teeth and gums, your risk of developing gum disease and early tooth loss rise exponentially. Your oral health will deteriorate, even if you brush and floss diligently at home. Only your dentist and hygienist can remove the plaque and tarter build-up that is responsible for so many oral health problems. Plus, only a dental professional can recognize problems in their early stages, everything from decay to a cracked tooth to oral cancer. Not addressing these issues early can damage your oral health and even impact your overall well-being.
The emotional consequences of not seeing the dentist because of anxiety or a phobia are also very real. When your teeth are damaged, discolored, or painful, you will become self-conscious of your appearance. Smiling or speaking less will impact you professionally and personally, damaging self-esteem.
It is understandable that you want to avoid an experience that can make you physically sick, lose sleep, cry, or panic. But at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care we put your needs first. Our gentle team of professionals will do all we can to help you maintain good dental health, and put you at ease in the process. Dr. Patel is trained and licensed to administer oral conscious sedation – you will be in good hands at our Suwanee-area dental practice. Contact Dr. Mitul Patel to discuss your dental fear and the options available to you. We will not judge or shame you for your anxiety – we are only here to help you achieve and maintain good oral health.