Being afraid of going to the dentist is more common than you might realize. It’s estimated that nearly 15 percent of Americans are afraid of going to the dentist, and will avoid going entirely to prevent themselves from experiencing that anxiety. Fortunately, the Djawdan Center offers sedation dentistry, which helps to alleviate the stress of a visit to the dentist. We specialize in helping patients who are 40 and older and offer a judgment-free clinic and workspace. Our patients have enjoyed the benefits of sedation dentistry, so today we’ll outline some of those benefits.
A Relaxed Gag Reflex
An active gag reflex is a good thing in day-to-day life, as it keeps us from choking on our food or any foreign objects. But when performing any dental work, those with a sensitive gag reflex, or those who anxiety, may keep the dentist from doing their job properly. Sedation dentistry ensures that the patient’s gag reflex is relaxed and doesn’t prevent the dentist from working in all parts of the mouth. This allows the dentist to work more quickly and effectively.
Eliminates Opportunities for Needle-Related Anxiety
Local anesthetics have made many advanced dental procedures possible, but for those who suffer from a fear of needles, using a local anesthetic may not be an option. When a patient is sedated during their dental procedure, a dentist can administer an anesthetic via a needle without needlessly stressing out the patient.
It Reduces the Number of Visits
When a patient elects to undergo sedation dentistry, the dentist can perform far more procedures and cleanings than if the patient was awake. This means that the patient does not have to visit the dental clinic as often, reducing their anxiety and their overall dental care costs.
There’s Some Amnesia
While we often view amnesia as a negative thing, for those with dental phobia, this can actually benefit them. In some cases, the use of sedation can lead to minor amnesia about the events leading up to the dental procedure. This helps to prevent a build-up of experiences that can worsen someone’s phobia. With no new stressful memories, over time, it’s possible that a patient’s fear of the dentist may diminish, making it easier for them the next time they visit the dentist.
It Relieves Anxiety
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of sedation dentistry is that it relieves a patient’s anxiety. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to be comfortable during their visit and removes the barriers to their visits. For those with pre-procedure anxiety, the knowledge that they will not have to experience anything during the procedure can be of immense comfort. Instead, they’ll come to with no memory of the event and with the benefit of clean and healthy teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If anxiety and fear have kept you from getting your teeth cleaned or worked on, we’re here to help. The Djawdan Center specializes in offering a low-stress and comfortable dental experience. We offer sedation dentistry on all of our procedures and services, no matter how small. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and to visit our local dental office in Annapolis.