Do you feel anxious when visiting the dentist? Have you been avoiding the dentist for some time due to fear and anxiety?
In 2015, that American Dental Association (ADA) stated that 22% of adults said the reason for not going to the dentist is because they are afraid of the dentist. Dental phobia is a serious condition that prevents people from getting the care they need. The reasons people have a fear of dentist are fear of pain, fear of injections, fear of anesthetic side effects, having a loss of control, and embarrassment. The key to addressing your dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with Dr. Bradley Dean, a Dallas, TX dentist, so that those fears can be addressed.
Without routine visits to the dentist office, patients can face gum disease, oral cancers, and missing teeth. Dental anxiety is one of the leading factors in poor oral health among adults today. Many patients suffer with complex dental problems that can affect their daily quality of life due to a fear of visiting the dentist. Avoiding the dentist can cause many costly issues down the road. Periodontal disease treatment and dental implants from missing teeth can cost a person thousands of dollars.
About Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients to receive the dental care they need without fear or anxiety. More procedures can be performed in a single visit, saving the patient time and money. Dallas periodontist, Dr. Dean, offers both oral sedation and IV sedation and will recommend the option most suitable for you depending on your medical history and the type of treatment you will be receiving.
Sedation Dentistry Options
Oral sedation dentistry – This option is administered in pill form. Oral sedation dentistry will enable you to be responsive and in control of your bodily functions while feeling completely relaxed throughout your procedure. This type of sedation may take several hours to completely wear off and patients will need to arrange for transportation after treatment.
IV Sedation Dentistry – IV sedation dentistry delivers medication directly through the blood stream to provide immediate relaxation and comfort prior to treatment. Dr. Dean is licensed and trained to provide the IV sedation dentistry technique at his Dallas dentist office. The effects of IV sedation resolve quickly once the IV is removed. This technique has a faster recovery with fewer side effects as compared to oral sedation.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry allows Dallas periodontist, Dr. Dean, safely and comfortably deliver the dental care you need. There are more benefits to utilizing sedation dentistry than just calming your nerves if you suffer from dental anxiety. These benefits include:
- Enhances effectiveness of anesthetic
- Decreases gag reflex
- Alleviates anxiety
- Eliminates joint and muscle soreness
- Enables more treatment to be provided in fewer visits
- Dentist will be able to get the treatment done in a more timely manor
- You won’t suffer from painful memories