Do You Avoid Dental Visits Due to Anxiety?
It’s not uncommon to hear patients skip dental care for years because of dental fears. This response toward dentist appointments can, however, be harmful to your oral and overall health as well.
If you have children, there is also a high chance of them adopting similar behavior toward dental visits, based on your example. But as a parent, you want your little ones to appreciate dental care and grow up with a healthy smile.
Managing dental fears and anxiety can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. With help from your dentist and the rest of our dental team, you can receive oral health care services that you need without the fear.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety
Your dentist wants you to feel at ease during your visits. Together with the rest of our dental team, they work hard to create a positive and caring environment for patients just like you.
Every time you postpone a dental checkup, that is one more time your dentist will not be able to examine your mouth for potential dental issues. If you do have dental issues that go undetected for too long, that is when they are likely to progress into more serious cases.
Here at Aviation Dental, we offer patients a couple of different sedation options to help reduce anxiety. Whether you are getting regular checkups or are having your teeth cleaned, you can complete your treatment… stress-free.
What are the Various Types of Sedation?
The first sedation option we offer in our dental office in nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas”, is ideal for patients with mild anxiety about dental visits.
Nitrous oxide is safe and effective, and can also be used for children during their first visits. This will help them feel comfortable being around the dentist and their team. This can give both the young patients and their parents a happier experience at the dental office.
Patients are able to receive treatments with an ease they never thought possible. This also gives your dental team the chance to interact and establish a connection with you. A feeling of trust in your dentist is a huge factor in reducing overall anxiety.
Another benefit of nitrous oxide is the effects wear off fast. You can leave your dental appointment and resume your normal activities for the day. You won’t need a driver to take you home as with oral sedation.
Another type of sedation we offer at our clinic are sedative drugs, which can be taken in pill or liquid form. Like nitrous oxide, sedative drugs have been proven 100% safe for use.
With oral sedation, you will feel completely relaxed and may even sleep through your appointment. It is likely you won’t even remember your time at the dentist. You will still be able to communicate and follow simple instructions during your dental work.
Unlike nitrous oxide, however, you will need to have someone accompany you to your appointment and to take you back home safely. This is due to the length of time it takes for the effects to wear off. For a smooth and speedy recovery, it’s also important to follow care instructions provided to you by your dentist.
As with any dental procedures, it is important to follow aftercare instructions and take any prescriptions if they are recommended. If you have any questions or concerns, it is important to let your dental team know right away. Dealing with issues quickly is another way to reduce the anxiety of your dental visits. Often those who use sedation for their dental visits experience such a reduction in their anxiety levels that they reach a point where they no longer fell the need for sedation.
Bringing You Gentle Dental Care
Let us know if you are experiencing some level of dental fear or anxiety. We want to help you manage or ease your fears so you can receive the dental treatment that you need. If you’re interested in using sedation, we can discuss your options with you.
Apart from sedation options, we also use advanced dental technology to make treatments more comfortable and to help reduce any fear patients may have toward dental visits.
Talk to us today at (403) 266-3100 or make an appointment online.