There are many different forms of anxiety. Dental anxiety affects millions of Americans every year. In fact, some experience dental anxiety to the point that they will avoid much visiting the dentist at all. At Smile Solutions, we take your dental anxiety seriously, that’s why we use Sedation Dentistry.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit the dentist one to two times per year. However, certain lifestyle habits or medical histories can lead to visits that are more frequent. While most of these regular checkup visits are straightforward, we understand how terrifying they can be if you suffer from dental anxiety.
Reasons for Dental Anxiety
Many things can cause dental anxiety. Previous bad experiences, for example, can create a deep-seated fear that makes a dental visit scary. The fear of giving up control or experiencing pain can also trigger anxiety attacks related to visits to the dentist. Needles, another common concern, may also be the cause of dental anxiety for some. General anxiety can also contribute to the more acute dental anxiety as well.
Sedation Dentistry at Smile Solutions
At Smile Solutions, we will work with you to help address your dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can make any dental visit easier to handle. Sedation dentistry helps to relax patients. It does not affect their ability to respond to any verbal or physical stimulation. (For those who are afraid of relinquishing control, this is important to understand. Sedation dentistry will not impede your ability to react.) Sedation dentistry may make you feel drowsy. However, you are awake and conscious the entire time.
Sedation dentistry consists of one of three types of sedation: inhalation, oral or intravenous sedation. At Smile Solutions, your dentist will work with you to determine the right sedation type for you. After all, we want you to enjoy a happy, healthy smile and we know how important dental care is to that.
Avoiding the dentist can lead to severe problems and more expensive, painful procedures. Sedation dentistry can make your appointment less scary. If you would like to learn more about the services provided by Smile Solutions in Norman, OK, contact us today.