If you don’t remember how long it’s been since you went to the dentist, then this post is for you.
If you do remember and you know exactly why you haven’t returned, then this post is for you, too.
Today we will be discussing dental anxiety and how you can manage that feeling with sedation dentistry at Alabama Family Dental.
We all realize the oral health is important. Our teeth make our smiles look nice, but they have an extremely important function in our lives. Our teeth are where we begin the process of breaking down our food.
To do that, our teeth need to be healthy and strong. Our gums need to be healthy, too, so they can protect our teeth and help keep them in place.
And to keep our mouths as healthy as possible, we all need to brush our teeth twice per day, floss between our teeth daily, and visit the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations.
You may be perfectly comfortable doing the first two things, but your dental anxiety may make it difficult to go to a dentist’s office. We want to help you ease your way back into the dental chair if you live in or near Mobile, AL. Dental sedation could be the key.
It’s OK To Feel Anxious
Surveys have shown that somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of the U.S. population avoids going to the dentist because of dental anxiety or dental phobia. That’s roughly 30 to 40 million people.
So, you are not alone if you are less than enthusiastic about your dental visits.
Unfortunately, skipping the dentist is not good for your long-term oral health. You are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease.
If you allow those to go untreated, you are more likely to have a serious dental problem, and that’s not an ideal situation to help you learn to manage your dental anxiety.
Instead, we want to get you back in the dentist chair for a routine cleaning and examination.
We want to help you take it one step at a time, and we will be here to help each step of the way.
Before you do anything else, we want to invite you to visit our office. It’s located at 5414 Old Shell Road in Mobile.
Don’t worry about making an appointment. Just come in and talk to our staff. Get to know a little bit about us, and see the office for yourself.
This trip isn’t about getting in the chair. It’s just a way to become familiar with the office and with us.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
This is a form of dentistry in which we use medication or a gas to each your anxieties and help you relax.
Sedation can help with a number of issues, such as:
- A sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty staying calm during a dental cleaning
- Fear of pain or needles
- General anxiety about dental care
When you are under the effects of sedation, you won’t feel any pain. You will be able to remain relaxed and comfortable, and you may not remember any of your treatment. All of these effects can make it easier to receive the professional dental care that will help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
We offer two kinds of sedation, and you may find that you prefer one to the other.
► Oral Sedation
This is the stronger of the two forms of sedation dentistry that we offer. About an hour before your appointment, you will take a pill containing anti-anxiety medication.
You will need someone to bring you to your appointment and take you home since this kind of sedation can make you groggy. Its effects can last for a few hours.
We will make sure your medication is working before we being your procedure. When you wake up, you may not have any memory of what happened, but your teeth and gums will still be cleaned.
► Nitrous Oxide
This is a faster-acting form of sedation. All you have to do is breathe, and you will inhale nitrous oxide, which you may know better as laughing gas.
Within a matter of minutes, you will experience a euphoric feeling, and you will relax into the chair. Our dental professional will perform your cleaning or other procedure while you continue to breathe in the gas.
At the end, all we have to do is turn it off. You will exhale any nitrous oxide in your system. In a few minutes, you will be ready to go.
Take Your First Steps
At Alabama Family Dental, we want you to feel comfortable with us. As you get to know us better, you may begin to return for general dentistry again.