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.

How Sedation Fits With Dental Care

Good dental care is all about tooth brushing and occasional dental x-rays….isn’t it? Actually there are many sides to good dental hygiene practices. Part of it is what you do at home: the brushing and flossing, plus good habits like limiting sugary drinks and not crunching on ice. Another side of good dental care is what happens during dental office visits. And when anxiety or fear of discomfort is keeping you from seeing your dentist, proper dental sedation services can make a difference.

Yep: It’s Resolution Time!

You might have noticed that 2018 is about to be here. That means oh so many things. From where we sit, of course, it means that if 2017 was not a very successful year for you and your smile, it might be time to wipe the slate clean (which is sort of what the New Year and your resolutions are all about) and begin again. Forget anything you view as a failure regarding your grin and instead, focus on how wonderful this new set of 12 months will be for you. Where to begin? Well, resolve to give dental sedation a chance. We can guide you through some easy ways to make that happen.

Sedation: Why Step-By-Step Is Best!

Even though you might recognize wholly and completely that dental sedation can be the very beneficial solution you need, that doesn’t mean you are having an easy experience. Of course, this can cause you some serious frustration. It might even cause you to choose to disregard your plans for coming in to learn more and to receive care. So, how to avoid getting a little scared and running in the opposite direction? We suggest: Take steps.

Why We Love Sedation For Our Patients

Why do we offer dental sedation, you wonder? Are you curious about our thoughts on the topic and how it makes our team feel? Perhaps you feel a little embarrassed about your tendency to feel anxious about dentistry but then you realize, “Hey, this practice is offering a variety of choices. It must mean they are supportive.” You’re on target here, for certain. To learn more, consider our perspective. It might make you feel even better!

Sedation: Write Out Your Concerns

The thing you’ve probably come to realize about dental care is that if you choose dental sedation, your worries will melt away. That is, you understand this on an intellectual level. So, if that’s true, then why haven’t you been in to see us for your smile care yet? Why do you keep putting off your treatment because you feel nervous even though you know sedation will calm your nerves? We can help you get to the bottom of resolving this issue, so you can see us very soon.

Fight-Or-Flight At The Dentist: What To Do

Have you ever heard the term fight-or-flight? It’s a term that’s used to describe what happens when your brain senses that your body is about to be under attack. When extreme fear takes over, your body’s stress levels go into overdrive. As a result, hormones are released by your nervous system. Your natural, biological response is to get ready to combat what’s coming or to run away quickly. When this happens at the dentist, it can be embarrassing, confusing, and frustrating. Guess what? It happens to a lot of people. It’s one of the many reasons we offer dental sedation.

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!