Why Dental Anxiety Is Dangerous [BLOG]
- July 23, 2018
At Gentle Dental Care, it’s our job to earn your trust and make you feel comfortable enough to get the routine professional care you need for a healthy mouth.
That’s why we do all we can to ease you out of dental anxiety so that it doesn’t harm your smile.
Dental anxiety isn’t dangerous on its own. It’s to what extent your dental anxiety controls your decisions about your oral health care that puts you most at risk.
Here’s how fear of the dentist can become a dangerous problem if you don’t take steps to overcome it!
*It Keeps You Away From The Dentist*
Nearly everyone could admit that going to the dentist makes them at least a little bit uneasy. But most people can overlook that well enough to keep up with regular dental checkups and handle minor restorative treatment, as needed.
It’s those who feel especially terrified about dental treatment who end up suffering the most because they can’t bring themselves to the dentist at all, even just for cleanings and exams.
This is when dental fear becomes dangerous.
*It Leaves You Vulnerable To Oral Health Problems*
As plaque builds up on your teeth, it hardens into tartar, which you can’t remove on your own by brushing or flossing your teeth. And since you won’t be going to the dentist to have it removed by a skilled hygienist, the tartar will get under your gumline and put you at a much higher risk for advancing gum disease.
Tartar allows harmful bacteria to get below your gums and inside your teeth, causing infection and a dangerous ripple effect of gum recession and tooth loss.
If gum disease infection gets into your bloodstream, it can spread to the rest of your body and create serious, even deadly, health problems on a grand scale.
So the point is, routine dental cleanings and exams aren’t intended to treat oral health problems. More, they’re meant to prevent them in the first place, or at least catch problems early enough to treat them successfully, which is why they’re so incredibly important!
Protect Your Mouth With Dental Sedation
We’ve gone above and beyond for fearful patients by getting the training necessary to offer the strongest sedation methods available.
For severe dental anxiety, you could take advantage of our IV sedation. With this method, you’ll be deeply relaxed, in a near sleep-like state, and aren’t likely to even remember your procedure. Aside from giving you the courage to get dental treatment in the first place, IV sedation can give you peace of mind knowing you won’t feel a thing during the procedure itself.
If your level of anxiety is enough to make your body tense up and your palms sweat, you may do just as well with a sedative in pill form or with inhaled sedation.
Discuss your concerns with us, and we’ll help you determine the best method for you.
You can additionally request a pillow and blanket to make you more comfortable during your dental appointments, as well.
Schedule An Appointment
Our team at Gentle Dental Care understands how so many people let dental anxiety get the best of them. It starts out small, a missed dental cleaning here and there, but can escalate to the point where you can’t even think about going to the dentist without your heart racing.
After that, you’re well within the grips of dental fear, and your smile and health will pay the price.
Let us help you keep that from happening!
We have a warm, caring team of professionals who can help you get past dental anxiety one small step at a time.
Our comfort items and sedation methods can help you build the confidence to overcome your fears and get a healthy smile again!