If you’re ready to start over this spring with your oral health but are too afraid to visit the dentist, today’s blog may be the start of a new, healthier life!
Our team at Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, PLLC in Phoenix, AZ is talking all about dental anxiety and how to get past it with help from our sedation dentistry options!
Dental Fear Is Real!
Studies show that nearly 30-40 million adults in this country suffer from what’s called dental anxiety, a fear so intense that you can barely if at all, make your way to the dentist office for routine appointments.
Naturally, you’re not alone in fearing the dentist, but it does put you at a higher risk for developing potentially dangerous oral and overall health conditions, like gum disease.
That’s because you don’t get the consistent cleanings you need to keep your teeth and gums free of hardened tartar that’s built up in your mouth.
Here are a few common reasons you might experience this kind of dental fear:
- Traumatic dental appointments and treatments from your past
- Scary stories you’ve heard from others about dental appointments
- Fear of pain or loss of control while receiving treatment
What we want you to know is that we can help you get beyond your anxiety, regardless of the cause!
Dental Sedation Helps You Relax
We have found that one of the most effective ways to help anxious patients, even the most fearful ones, is with oral sedation. This is our strongest medical intervention, and it’s given to you in pill form so you can take it just before your appointment.
You will need to arrange transportation that day so you don’t have to drive to or from your appointment. That’s because the medication will take effect relatively quickly and then require some time to wear off after your procedure.
Oral sedation doesn’t put you to sleep, so you’ll be awake and alert just enough to respond to any questions Dr. Cavendish may have during the course of treatment as he checks upon how you’re feeling.
However, the medicine is strong enough to put you in a completely relaxed state. Your body and your mind will be at ease so much, you won’t even care what’s happening!
If your level of nervousness isn’t quite as intense, you may benefit from inhaled sedation, also known as laughing gas, to help you get comfortable.
3 Surprising Ways Dental Sedation Can Help You
Sedation dentistry can change your life, and some of the ways it can do that may surprise you! Here are three ways dental sedation can help that you may not expect!
#1 – It Helps You Build Confidence about Dental Care!
At Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, PLLC, we know that earning your trust begins before you even step foot in our Phoenix, AZ dental office.
From your first phone call, you’ll experience warm, caring guidance from a team of compassionate professionals who are excited to get to know you!
Once you’re here, you’ll see that we deliver on our promises to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
From our inviting atmosphere, our cozy chairs, and a variety of other comfort amenities, you will start to feel more confident about trusting our team.
When it’s time for treatment, no matter how simple or complex, Dr. Cavendish will help you choose the best sedation method for your situation.
After that first treatment experience, you’ll come away asking yourself what you were so worried about in the first place! With each dental appointment under our care, you’ll build more and more courage.
In fact, we see patients all the time develop enough confidence, that they’re able to completely overcome their fears about dentistry and no longer even need the help of sedation!
#2 – It Can Save More Than Your Smile in The Long Run!
Of course, the benefits to your oral health and your great-looking smile are an expected result of sedation dentistry.
But it can actually save more than that!
Every trip you make to the dentist’s office comes at a price. That might include gas money, time off of work, a co-pay for your visit, and even dental treatment beyond cleaning and exam.
We offer wide-ranging, affordable dental care at Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, PLLC, but over time, those costs can add up.
In the long run, though, you can save time and money by staying on top of your dental health. Because you’ll have the courage to maintain routine appointments, we can help you prevent the kind of dental problems that require extensive, and at times, expensive treatment.
If you’re staying out of the dentist’s office for long periods of time, you’re left playing catch up with your oral health just to stay on track. With sedation, however, you can get the care you need at the first sign of trouble and save the hassle of more complicated treatments down the road!
#3 – It Helps You Avoid That Awful Gagging Sensation!
First, we have to point out that dentistry has come so far in recent years that a sensitive gag reflex may not even be an issue for you anymore. The many advanced digital tools in our Phoenix, AZ dental office make discomfort all but a thing of the past!
But still, a sensitive gag reflex can be one of the problems that stand in the way of good oral health for many people.
The good news is that sedation can help you avoid the awful gagging sensation you may have experienced during past dental appointments.
With oral sedation, for example, your body will be in a peaceful, relaxed state so that you won’t be bothered at all by Dr. Cavendish or one of our hygienists working on your teeth, even the ones in the back of your mouth.
Call For An Appointment
Reach out to us if you have questions or just want to know more about how Dr. Cavendish and our team can make you feel more comfortable in our Phoenix, AZ dental office.
We’re here to help you and completely understand what you’re going through.
That’s why we’ll take our time with you, offer a variety of comfort options to suit your needs, and make sure you choose the right form of dental sedation to give you the courage to visit us regularly for the care you need for a healthy smile.