Fear of the dentist is a serious issue if it results in you avoiding the dentist. Neglecting routine dental care can lead to serious consequences such as pain, tooth loss, and even physical illness. But, understanding that there are physical consequences to avoiding the dentist is not always enough to overcome that fear. If you find yourself in this type of situation then it is time to consider IV sedation dentistry. IV sedation anesthesia can help you deal with your fear enough to get the dental care you need.
Consequences of avoiding the dentist
The consequences of avoiding the dentist can reach much farther than a few untreated cavities. Skipping out on regular cleanings can lead to a build-up of tartar on your teeth. If tartar is allowed to build up at the gum line it can lead to periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is allowed to progress it can result in serious medical conditions as the infection moves through your bloodstream. Other potential consequences of avoiding the dentist include pain, decay, and tooth loss. The reality is that much can be prevented by showing up to your routine dental cleanings and exams. Your hygienist can remove tartar build-up and your doctor can review your x-rays for any unseen issues. Routine dental appointments, coupled with proper care at home, are the best two ways to prevent the need for major dental procedures.
IV sedation dentistry
A firm understanding of the consequence of avoiding the dentist should help motivate you to search for a way to get care despite your fear. IV sedation dentistry is one option that many fearful patients have found helpful. IV sedation put you in a ‘semi-awake’ state where you will feel calm and fear-free. This allows you to get the dental care you need without being overcome with fear and anxiety. Once you are finished with your dental work you will feel like the appointment went by quickly and have little memory of the experience. The possibility of an anxiety-free visit to the dentist is now within reach thanks to IV sedation.
Avoiding the dentist over a long period of time can lead to serious problems. You put your oral and overall health at risk when you do not get routine dental care. The procedures to restore years’ worth of neglected dental care will be much more extensive than if you keep up with your twice yearly appointments. IV sedation dentistry will also help if you have a serious fear of going to the dentist. And, if you have already neglected your dental care for a long time and need extensive work-IV sedation dentistry can help you get caught up in just a few appointments. Your fear of the dentist is a serious issue to the extent that you allow it to prevent you from getting appropriate dental care.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.