If you are feeling a bit apprehensive about your next visit to the dentist, you are not alone. Studies show that 15% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. People that suffer from dental anxiety will experience a feeling of uneasiness about going to the dentist. A more extreme version of dental anxiety, known as dental phobia, is an intense fear of going to the dentist and leads to patients putting off the dental care they need.
A survey by the British Dental Health Foundation found that over a third of the people who don’t see a dentist regularly claimed fear to be the top reason. Avoiding regular dental visits can lead to many problems with teeth and gums which only become worse over time.
Not seeking proper treatment for your teeth means you have to live with painful tooth problems such as cavities and broken teeth. Subsequently, if not cared for bad oral health can cause embarrassing problems such as halitosis and even tooth loss.
Additionally, left untreated, poor oral health can lead to serious complications that can affect overall health and lead to conditions such as heart disease and infections in the lungs. For those suffering from dental anxiety, taking proper care of their oral health is a very real problem.
Try Sedation Dentistry
We understand that people care about their health and want to find a solution that can help them seek the dental care they deserve. Sedation dentistry is a great solution for patients with dental phobia and can help them to get the dental care they need.
At Amato Dentistry we can use nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to help you relax during your visit. Nitrous oxide is a gas that’s used in conjunction with oxygen to help calm anxiety. It works by inhaling the gas, bringing a feeling of soothing relaxation that can be stopped at any time if needed. The effects are not long-lasting as gas leaves the body completely in five minutes after stopping treatment.
With nitrous oxide, you remain fully conscious and can also be helpful for patients that have high blood pressure. It’s extremely safe and non-toxic. Nitrous oxide is a fantastic option for both adults and children with dental phobia and it can even be administered to patients with preexisting conditions such as diabetes.
We understand that going to the dentist can be incredibly stressful for many. There is no need to live with the pain and discomfort of poor oral health. Sedation dentistry can help you get the care you deserve and improve your overall health. Dr. Amato will work with you to see if sedation dentistry is the right solution for your dental anxiety. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or any of our other services, please call us at 336-246-7473 or fill out our contact form on our webpage.