Break the Cycle of Dental Fear with Sedation Dentistry
The worst thing about dental fear is that people who have it set themselves up for the very thing they fear most: invasive dental procedures.
But the cycle of dental fear can be broken with sedation dentistry to help you get the dental care you need or desire.
How the Cycle Works
It doesn’t matter what initially caused dental fear. A person may have had a bad experience at the dentist. They may also have negative associations with certain sights, sounds, or smells at the dentist’s office. Some people don’t like the feeling of being out of control in the dentist’s chair, and some even respond to embarrassment because they don’t want a dentist looking in their mouth.
Once dental fear takes hold, it keeps you from making your regular checkups and hygiene visits. Because you have been skipping your hygiene visits, you start to develop teeth and gum problems, such as cavities and gum disease.
Because of your fear, these symptoms don’t make you go to your dentist right away. Instead, you focus on the possible treatments you might receive, so you continue to avoid the dentist. You might think that if you just work harder on your hygiene at home, you might avoid the dentist, but aggressive toothbrushing and alcohol-based mouthwash can actually be damaging to gums in a stressed condition, and your teeth may begin to loosen. Pain becomes unbearable and that eventually drives you to the dentist.
Once at the dentist, you suffer what you feared: long procedures that may cause significant discomfort and may take a long time to heal.
Breaking the Cycle of Dental Fear
But, the truth is that the dentist is there to help you, and only ever does things that are good for you. Your fear is irrational, but its effects are very real.
The problem is: no matter how much you tell yourself the fear doesn’t make sense, you still can’t overcome it.
On your own, that is. Sedation dentistry is a way that your dentist can help you overcome your fear. It’s easy–just a pill that you take before you come to the dentist, helping you relax while here–and very safe.
You will find that with every dental visit you make, it becomes easier and easier, because you are less likely to need dental treatments that would justify your fear.
If you are tired of living in fear of the dentist, please call 303-759-5652 today for an appointment with a sedation dentist in Denver.