Going to the dentist may not be what you’d call “fun.” Often, it’s uncomfortable to have someone’s hands and loud tools in your mouth. Drilling and suctioning are rarely enjoyable experiences. There’s the cold spray of water, the chapped lips, the sharp hook used to scrape tartar away from your teeth and the heavy protective bib designed to shield you from radiation during x-rays. Moreover, let’s not forget those awkward attempts at answering your dentist’s questions while their hands are in your mouth.
Nonetheless, most of us grin and bear our annual dental visits because they are generally a positive experience. Usually, the staff are kind, and have our best interests at heart. Any pain we might experience is rare and mitigated with anesthetic. And the knowledge that regular dental visits are an important part of maintaining health is worth dealing with a small amount of discomfort.
What causes this fear? What are your options? Is overcoming dental anxiety really possible? (Spoiler alert: there ARE solutions that can help!)
What Causes Dental Anxiety?
Dental fear may stem from a number of things, but it should never stop your journey to better health. What factors could contribute to excessive anxiety?
- An overly sensitive gag reflex.
- Fear of needles, drilling, or pain involved in some procedures.
- Previous bad dental experiences.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Feelings of helplessness and loss of control.
- A physical disorder that makes sitting difficult.
- The necessity of complex, or even multiple dental procedures.
Many with dental anxiety simply try this approach:
“I’ll just keep brushing my teeth, and never go to the dentist again.”
Unfortunately, this not-so-foolproof plan isn’t a good idea. Avoiding proper dental treatment will likely cause damage to your overall oral health. Dental phobias should never dictate the health and condition of your teeth.
Sedation Dentistry – An Amazing Solution
The good news is there is an amazing solution that patients with dental fear and anxiety have available: sedation dentistry!
Sedation dentistry uses safe methods to help you relax while undergoing dental treatment so you no longer feel anxiety and can focus on something besides the dental procedure. Unless the treatment calls for general anesthesia, you will be awake and conscious during the treatment, just relaxed by mild sedatives.
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Does ‘no longer’ fearing the dentist seem like a far-fetched fantasy to you? It shouldn’t! Many patients have overcome their fears by simply asking for help and using sedation dentistry.
If you’re constantly dreading your dental visit, ask your dental team if sedation dentistry may be a helpful option for you!
About Your Oxnard, CA Cosmetic Dentist:
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-988-3317. Our office welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.
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