What to do when you are afraid to go to the dentist

What to do when you are afraid to go to the dentist

Every year, thousands of people avoid seeing the dentist because they are too afraid of what might happen. For some, there is a fear of losing teeth that are decaying. For others, it may be an aversion to the sights, sounds, and sensations associated with some dental procedures. Whatever the case, avoiding the dentist can make a bad situation worse - there has to be an answer to this dilemma.

Some people try simply to force themselves to be tough, but this is rarely a good solution, and usually fails. The best way to handle dental anxiety is to be open about your fears, and know that you are certainly not alone. Hearing about the solutions that are available to you can put you back in control again, knowing that you have options.

Sedation dentistry is one of the most common options we recommend for patients with severe dental anxiety. This is not a new practice, and in fact we have been offering sedation dentistry for our patients for more than three decades. Sedation dentistry can give you a relaxed, comfortable dental experience that will leave you with a positive impression of what dental visits are like.

For most patients, sedation dentistry is a painless process. Although you will not be unconscious, you will be very relaxed and comfortable. You will be monitored while you are sedated to make sure that you remain in the proper relaxed state for the duration of your procedure.

Of course, as with any other type of sedation, you will need someone to ensure that you get to our office safely, and back home again afterward. Even though you will wake up feeling refreshed, the sedative used for dentistry is quite potent, and for safety reasons you will certainly not be able to drive.

For more than thirty years we have helped patients who have needed assistance with dental anxiety. Don't let your fears keep you from seeking treatment.

Rye Smiles for Life in Fairfax, Va., serves dental patients in the metropolitian Washington D.C. area. As of November 14, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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