Fear of the dentist is one of the most common fears that people experience. It may not rank as high as fear of public speaking or fear of heights, but it does affect millions of Americans.
Experts have varying opinions, but somewhere between 9 and 20 percent of Americans completely avoid going to the dentist because of their fears. If you are one of those people, then you have a lot of company.
Even so, you may know that you should visit the dentist for the sake of your oral health. If you haven’t had a professional dental cleaning for a few years, we welcome you to visit Marineland Dental Care.
We have a caring staff at our dentist office in Kennewick, WA, and we also offer sedation dentistry to make it easier for you.
Understanding The Source Of Your Anxiety
Dental anxiety can arise from a lot of different places.
Some people are afraid of needles (which we completely understand).
Some people are worried about pain. Some people are worried that the dentist will judge them if their teeth aren’t perfect (most people’s teeth are not perfect). Maybe you had a bad experience with a dentist when you were younger.
Whatever your reason, our staff can listen and wants to understand. The more we understand your concerns, the more we can help work with you to make your return to the dentist easier to handle.
Managing Your Anxiety
As much as we would like to provide your dental care, we want you to have realistic expectations.
Your dental anxiety probably isn’t going to vanish in a single visit to our office or any dentist’s office. It’s a process, and we would be happy to support you each step of the way.
With each visit, we hope it will become a little bit easier, and maybe some day, your anxiety will go away.
One of the ways to manage that anxiety is sedation dentistry. At our office, we offer oral conscious sedation for our patients.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
It’s a simple, safe, and effective way to help patients get the dental care that they need to maintain their oral health.
With oral conscious sedation, you will take a pill about an hour before your appointment. The pill will ease your anxiety, and it likely make you feel drowsy. Some patients even fall asleep.
We will provide your dental treatment while you are under the effects of the medication.
You should know that the effects can last for a few hours. With that in mind, it’s important that you have a family member or friend take you home. You may want to rest when you get there.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
We mentioned earlier that people fear the dentist for a variety of reasons. The good thing is that sedation dentistry can help many different people, too.
Let’s say you are worried about pain. Maybe you need a root canal or some other procedure. (We should be clear that root canals are not as painful as you may believe.)
With oral conscious sedation, you will not feel anything during your treatment.
Maybe you are worried because you have a sensitive gag reflex. There’s no way around it. Dental care is going to involve people looking inside your mouth.
When you are under sedation, you will not be as responsive, so you will not have to worry about gagging.
If you have a more general fear of the dentist, then sedation dentistry can help you, too. Some people find dental care a little overwhelming. The sounds of the equipment being moved and used, seeing people so close to their faces as they work on their mouths can be hard to handle.
When you are under sedation, you may not remember any of your treatment. This may be the easiest way for you to get the care you need to keep your mouth healthy.
We also offer sedation dentistry for any patients who is undergoing a complicated treatment. This makes the process easier on everyone involved.
Start By Visiting Our Office
Before you make an appointment, we welcome you to visit our dentist office in person. We are located at 5219 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 2, in Kennewick, WA.
The professional and friendly staff of Marineland Dental Care will be here to help when you are ready.