Fear of the dentist and dental work is common among both children and adults. This fear causes many patients to avoid the dentist and only go in once they start experiencing physical pain. Unfortunately, by this point, more invasive procedures are often the necessary course of action. And while it’s understandable that going to the dentist may not be your favorite activity, avoiding it is the last thing you want to do.
The Dental “Fear”
Dental work is often uncomfortable, there is no getting around that fact. Sitting back with your mouth open wide and the dentist poking around with tools and mirrors is far from a holiday. Combine that with the sound of the drill and the underlying knowledge that something in your mouth isn’t right, and you are undoubtedly left with nerves, stress, and even fear. Dentists understand this, and even though you may be scared, it’s essential to remember that dentistry is meant to fix your dental issues so you don’t have further problems down the line. Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist only makes things worse by causing you to postpone the treatments you need. Once you start putting off your check-ups, you run the risk of needing more invasive procedures. While dental work can be simple, with relatively little discomfort early on, it will only worsen the longer it’s put off. While there is no way to make the physical process of dental work fun, there are ways to ease your fears.
One of the most difficult parts of dental work is that you are aware of what is happening. You can see everything and you can hear everything. For most people, this causes unneeded stress. Instead of putting yourself through this, and instead of using it as an excuse to avoid the dentist, consider combining your dental work with sedation. Sedation provides additional comfort and safety by easing your anxiety. There are several levels of sedation available to make you physically comfortable and to ease your mind. While some patients find that light sedation, such as the kind provided by inhaled or oral sedation, is enough, others may find that general anesthesia, where you are entirely asleep, is best. No matter what stage of sedation you would prefer, it’s important that you find what you need to make you feel comfortable. There is no reason that you should fear the dentist. After all, they are there to help you, and if combining sedation with your dental visit is what is necessary, then allow sedation to ease your fears.
For more information about the types of sedation that Dr. Sands offers, contact his office by calling 310.273.0111 to set up a consultation.