Can a Sedative Help You Cope with Dental Anxiety?

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?Does the mere mention of dentistry leave you in cold sweats? Has it been years since you were last able to take a seat in a dental chair, all because of severe dental fear? Did an urban legend about dentistry gone wrong ruin your ability to seek treatment calmly?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to talk with your dentist about the potential benefits or sedation. You probably already know that sedation can help keep you comfortable during extensive restorative treatments, but did you know that it can also be used to help keep you calm leading up to and during many dental procedures? This allows even very anxious patients to get the dental care they need without all the worry they could do without.

Don’t Let Anxiety Cause Your Smile’s Health to Suffer

Get Care You Need with Sedation DentistryNervous about visiting the dentist? Has dental anxiety always prevented you from seeking regular preventive care? If so, your smile could be suffering. 90 percent of adults will experience dental cavities, which left untreated can lead to painful infections or even the need for an extraction. Gingivitis is also incredibly common, and when it is allowed to progress it can lead to gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the country. The best way to prevent these and other dental issues is to attend regular preventive checkups and cleanings. If anxiety is getting in the way of that, it’s time to talk to a dentist about the potential benefits of sedation dentistry.

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