We all have days where nothing seems to go right. Car troubles meet work problems meet in-laws and so on. When that happens, even a small setback can be overwhelming. Even if you know it’s not a big deal, it can still make you anxious and upset. That’s normal.
Dental Anxiety Is A Real Problem
It stops being normal when it prevents you from doing what you need to do. In dentistry, this is when your anxiety about going to the dentist stops you from getting the treatments you need. If you need a dental crown, putting it off will only make things worse. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry at our Kennewick, WA dental office. Here are six specific ways how dental sedation can help solve your anxiety problems.
You will begin replacing bad memories with good ones. When we experience discomfort or fear, that gets associated in our minds with whatever we’re doing at the time. If you keep getting hurt when riding a bike, just the thought of riding can bring up anxiety. Even if you know this time will be different, you can’t help but feel those emotions. The bad memories intrude and make you expect more problems.
The same is true with dentistry. If you had a bad experience at another dentist’s office, you are more likely to feel anxiety and worry when it’s time for an appointment with us. Sedation dentistry is perfect for this. Not only will it remove the anxiety you are feeling, it creates positive memories. Over time, you’ll associate visits to our Kennewick, WA dental office with good things. Slowly but surely, your anxiety will go away on its own.
Problems with your gag reflex will be gone. In order to work on your teeth and gums, the team here at our Kennewick, WA dental office will need to work close to your tongue and epiglottis. That means we might occasionally trigger a swallow from you. If this happens occasionally, it’s no big deal. But if it happens a lot, it can negatively impact your dental treatments.
Some people are born with sensitive gag reflexes. It’s very easy to trigger it. Others are just worried about that happening. Dental sedation will help with both. Your body will be physically relaxed, so your gag reflex will not trigger anywhere near as easily. Just knowing that’s taken care of can lift anxiety.
Bad stories you’ve heard from friends won’t matter anymore. Sometimes, your anxiety isn’t coming from anything you actually experienced. It’s from stories you’ve heard from other people. This can come from a family member, friends, or even just something you saw on a TV show. The thing about these stories is they get bigger and more painful with each retelling. What starts out as a story about some mild discomfort during a dental crown procedure morphs into a huge painful thing each time someone else tells the story.
Those stories can make you worried about whether that could happen to you. With sedation dentistry, you can get past those stories. You simply will not be worried about them. You can get the dental care you need without worry.
You can get past any natural resistance to local anesthesia. Some people are born having this unusual resistance to pain medication, including anesthesia. Even over-the-counter painkillers don’t work that well. This is a genetic problem. In fact, redheads for some reason tend to be resistant to anesthesia. If this is you, your anxiety could be based on fearing the pain.
Dental sedation can help with both the pain and the sedation. While it’s not a painkiller, it can reduce pain by helping your body physically relax. You are less likely to experience pain if your body isn’t tensed up. Plus, the fear of pain will be taken away by the sedation.
You can get more stuff done and have fewer return visits to worry about. If you need several treatments, such as getting a few dental crowns placed, you might have to spread out those visits. Everyone can handle a single treatment, but some don’t want to be in the dentist’s office for hours. You’ll have to come back repeatedly over the next few weeks. That can make some people anxious. With dental sedation, you’ll be able to stay for hours just fine. You can get all of those dental crowns placed in one day.
You won’t mind sitting in a dentist’s chair for that long. Along the same lines, you might not be looking forward to remaining still for so long. Even if you only have one treatment, you might be concerned about having to sit in the chair long enough to get it done. Dental sedation relaxed your body and mind. With sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to sit comfortably in our Kennewick, WA dental office for as long as it takes.
If you are ready to get rid of your anxiety, call us today at 509-591-0515.