Is dental anxiety keeping you from getting the treatment you need or the cosmetic dentistry you want? At Deluxe Dental, our comforting approach to dentistry can help many people feel relaxed, but some people need more help. That’s why we also offer sedation dentistry. It can also help people who feel uncomfortable at the dentist, have difficulty getting numb, or have a strong gag reflex.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a good procedure for helping people relax and feel comfortable at the dentist. It can help if you:
- Can’t schedule appointments due to anxiety
- Skip appointments because of anxiety
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Can’t sit still for treatment
- Feel sore after an appointment
Many of these symptoms are actually related to dental anxiety. Anxiety is common, but many people don’t recognize that it’s the cause of their problem. If you’re anxious, you’re going to be more aware of the dental tools in your mouth, which can heighten your gag reflex. You might have trouble getting numb because your anxiety makes your body process and eliminate anesthetic faster.
Some people find it hard to sit still for treatment, and others tense up through their appointment and feel sore afterward–both symptoms of anxiety that sedation dentistry can help treat.
Break the Cycle of Anxiety
One major problem with dental anxiety is that it creates a very destructive cycle for sufferers. Many people develop anxiety because of an invasive or difficult procedure. This makes them avoid the dentist. Avoiding the dentist means that they don’t get preventive dental care, so their oral health gets worse and they need more invasive treatment. This increases their anxiety and causes them to avoid the dentist.
Sedation dentistry lets you break the cycle of anxiety. You might try it first to get a major procedure, but where it can really help is in getting preventive care so you can avoid needing more invasive treatment in the future.