Every time I think about the dentist, I break out into a cold sweat – I have dental anxiety. Just thinking about sitting back in the chair and hearing drills being used throughout the office makes me shudder, and I’d do just about anything to avoid it. And, although I hate to admit it, I only see the dentist when absolutely necessary, because the panic and stress are so bad. I want to go in for a regular checkup to make sure my teeth are all right, but what dentist near me can address my anxiety? With sedation dentistry from Gentle Dental Care, we can make your fears and phobias a thing of the past. Learn all about this common condition and how we set patients at ease in this post.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety is a common medical condition that affects 1 in 6 Americans. There are two specific degrees of this prevalent psychological issue:
- Anxiety – With general dental anxiety, patients will experience uneasiness when scheduling appointments. They’ll also have exaggerated or unfounded worries or fears about seeing the dentist. Patients may skimp on oral care, only seeing the dentist once a year, or waiting far too long between appointments.
- Phobia – In dental phobia, the panic and stress patients feel increases exponentially. Some may not be able to sleep at all the night before their appointment, and some may feel sick before seeing the dentist. Some patients are so afraid, they’ll actually become physically ill – and many may have such a strong phobia, they never see the dentist.
The problem with dental anxiety and phobias is that it is two-pronged. First, the patient’s mental health is negatively affected. Second, their oral health suffers greatly because they don’t visit the dentist like they should. When you don’t get regular preventive care, teeth issues only get worse – often leaving patients who are afraid already in need of complex treatments like root canals or tooth extractions.
How Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?
When you see Dr. Gerber, his decades of experience as the premier sedation dentist in Tyler and compassionate chairside manner will set you at ease immediately.
With this treatment, you’ll take a small dose of a sedative medication (usually in pill form) before you attend your appointment. Then, you’ll take another small dose in the office. This will ensure you are comfortable during your procedures – you’ll be relaxed, but in control and able to respond to requests.
Many patients report feeling happy and at ease, and some are so relaxed that they even fall asleep while undergoing treatment. Since the medication will make you drowsy, you’ll need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.
It’s best to schedule your visit in the afternoon, and to plan on not returning to work or school afterwards. The effects of the medication will wear off throughout the rest of the day, and you’ll be able to go back to work or school the next morning with no problem.
Now that you know that sedation dentistry from Gentle Dental Care can set you at ease, get the care you’ve been putting off by scheduling your appointment today!