Understanding Dental Anxiety

Understanding Dental Anxiety

Getting to the root of your dental anxiety could be the key to unlocking the door that stands between you and the dental work that you need. It may also help you to know that you are not alone. Millions of adults and children suffer from dental phobias that range from mild to severe.

Once you have been able to uncover the source and triggers of your concerns, you’ll find that sedation dentistry is a common and effective solution. For most patients, dental anxiety stems from a previously unpleasant dental experience, the inability to relax due to a stressful lifestyle, or the anticipation of an extensive surgical procedure. Even patients who are extremely apprehensive, nervous or afraid will admit that they understand the importance of the planned procedure, but are unable to overcome mental obstacles.

Your sedation dentist can certainly understand your fears. In fact, as part of a rigorous training program, oral surgeons receive hands-on experience in the fields of anesthesiology, sedation, and emergency medicine. Armed with these tools, your oral surgeon can appreciate your feelings and recommend the safest and most appropriate form of sedation.

With oral, inhalation, or intravenous sedation, you can enjoy the pleasure of drifting off to Dreamland and waking up when the procedure is over. Not all forms of sedation will lull you to sleep, but most patients find that they feel relaxed enough to daydream or take a light nap. Depending upon the state of your overall health, the extent of your anxiety, and the procedure that has been planned for you, the depth and dosage of your sedation can be adjusted accordingly.

Sedation dentistry is safe and fast-acting. That means that within moments of administration, you can expect your fears to be transformed into a soothing and relaxing sensation. Even during oral surgery, when it’s so easy to let your mind run wild with worries and fears, sedation enables you to settle down both physically and mentally.

Find out more about the benefits of sedation dentistry by calling Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to schedule your complete consultation today.