A Look at Dental Anxiety, Fear, and Phobia

A Look at Dental Anxiety, Fear, and Phobia

There are many reasons why people don’t visit their dentist as often as they should. One such reason is dental anxiety or fear, which can prevent patients from seeking necessary dental treatment. Though dental anxiety, fear, and phobia are often used interchangeably, there is a distinction between them based on the severity of your apprehension. Fortunately, dental sedation can help you overcome that fear, though finding the right sedation option may first depend on determining your level of dental fear. Below, we briefly explain the differences between dental anxiety, fear, and phobia to help you gauge the severity of your condition.

Wish Dentistry Was More Comfortable? Try Sedation!

Comfort might not be the first thing you think of when you consider your dental treatment. However, your comfort is a significant consideration when it comes to providing exceptional dental care. To that end, we offer a variety of sedation options designed to meet every patient’s unique dental needs and preferences. With the help of the right sedation option, you can enjoy a more calming and comfortable experience, which can encourage you to visit your dentist more consistently to receive the care that your smile deserves.

Can You Benefit from Sedation Even if You Aren’t Anxious?

One of the earliest and greatest benefits of dental sedation is helping patients overcome severe levels of fear and anxiety while visiting their dentists. Though they aren’t widely discussed, dental phobias prevent millions of people from receiving the vital care that their smiles need. With the help of sedation, such phobias don’t have to be a hindrance to good oral health. However, anxiety isn’t the only reason why sedation has become integral to modern dental treatment. Even if you aren’t anxious, you may be able to enjoy faster and more comfortable treatment while spending less time overall at your dentist’s office.

What Dental Treatments Warrant Sedation?

Dental sedation has long been an essential part of professional dental care, especially for patients who suffer from varying degrees of dental fear and anxiety. With the help of an appropriate sedative, patients can relax, remain calm, and receive the dental care they need to keep their smiles healthy. However, even if you don’t experience dental fear and phobia, sedation can still prove a valuable addition to your treatment plan. To find out if your dental treatment warrants sedation, speak with your dentist about the benefits during your next visit.

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