How long has it been since your last visit to the dentist? If it has been a long time since your last appointment then you may be avoiding the dentist. This avoidance can lead to serious issues such as cavities, pain, and tooth loss. In order to get the dental care you need you must find a way to stop skipping out on routine dental appointments. Working with a dentist who has experience with fearful patients and considering IV sedation are two steps you can take to stop avoiding the dentist.
Work with a dentist who is experienced with fearful patients
Patients who have major anxiety related to going to the dentist are much different than patients who simply get a little nervous before a filling. The thoughts and feelings that a fearful patient experiences when going to the dentist can be overwhelming. Each element of the experience has the potential to be anxiety provoking. A dentist who is experienced working with anxious patients understands the things that can trip them up and lead to avoidance.
Look into IV sedation dentistry
Another tool to help you stop avoiding the dentist is to look into IV sedation dentistry. This type of sedation is ideal for fearful patients. Under IV sedation you will be in a ‘semi-awake’ state that will allow you to feel relaxed but still respond to simple commands. After you are done with your appointment and out from under anesthesia you will have little memory of the whole event. It will feel like you spent just a few minutes in the dentist’s chair even though you may have had extensive work completed. If you think your avoidance of the dentist is related to fear or anxiety then it is worth your time to look into IV sedation dentistry.
Some people avoid the dentist because they feel like they do not have time to get to an appointment. Others avoid regular dental care in an effort to keep from spending money. These reasons for avoiding the dentist can easily be overcome-especially when the serious consequences of avoiding the dentist are considered. But, if you avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety it is not always a simple thing to get over. Finding a dentist who has experience working with fearful patients can go a long way toward helping you stop avoiding appointments. Feeling understood is a powerful thing. Dentists who offer IV sedation often do so because they want to serve people who struggle with fear of going to the dentist. In Gettysburg you can find dentists who offer IV sedation and have experience working with anxious patients. Samuels Dental Arts serves patients of all types and can help you get past your avoidance.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.