Defeating Your Dental Anxiety

Does a pending trip to the periodontist keep you up night? Trust us when we say that you are not alone. Movies and other forms of popular media have, in the past, poked fun at the dental industry by playing on the feelings of helplessness many experience while in the dentist’s chair. While good for the occasional laughs and giggles, such depictions downplay a serious problem inherent with dental care: anxiety. Some may tell you to just get over your fears and endure your dental treatments. We as dental providers know, however, that it is not always that simple. Dental anxiety keeps countless people across America from getting routine dental care. In many cases, that anxiety will often progress into a full-blown phobia. Those who have this phobia list the following reasons as to why they feel their fear is justified:
  • Pain: Many of those who suffer from anxiety are old enough to have experienced dental work before pain-free dentistry became the standard of care. Even with the advances made in dental science, people fear experiencing the pains they may have suffered before.
  • Embarrassment: It is not easy for adults to admit that they are afraid. Thus, many choose to avoid dental care in order to not be forced into confessing their fears.
  • Helplessness: For some, it is not the issue of dental care that concerns them, but rather the prospect of having to totally submit themselves to another in close quarters.

Sedation Dentistry Can Assuage Your Fears

If you share any of these concerns, you will be happy to know that today’s providers are able to offer you methods to help overcome your anxiety. Sedation dentistry in Jacksonville, FL allows you and others to enjoy a relaxed dental session with the assistance of nitrous oxide or some other sedating agent. If your anxiety is minimal, a simple moderate sedation may be all you need. If you have strong fears, then your case may require deep sedation. Dental anxiety need not get the best of you, especially not when providers such as Dr. Gielincki can offer services such as sedation dentistry. We here at the Jacksonville Center for Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry want to see you get the dental care needed to enjoy continually good oral health. Thus, we are prepared to offer you all that you need to make you comfortable during your visit. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call us at 904.688.5303.

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