If going to the dentist makes you anxious, you’re not alone. In fact, 9-20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist, because they feel fear or anxiety.
But fear and anxiety shouldn’t keep you from taking care of your oral health. At Dental Art of South Bay, we can address any concerns you have and give you a dental experience that will make you smile. In this blog, Dana Samet, DDS, gives four reasons why you shouldn’t ignore going to the dentist.
Going to the dentist protects your smile
Your smile is part of what creates first impressions about you. If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, you may feel like you need to hide your teeth. This can prevent you from displaying a friendly, self-confident smile.
Dr. Samet can address issues that affect your smile. It’s always easier and better to prevent problems before they occur. But even if your teeth are already in bad shape, it’s never too late to fix them. We can restore your smile to one that you’ll feel good about showing to the world.
Ignoring problems can become costly
If you avoid seeing the dentist, chances are very good that you’re gradually developing problems with your oral health, from cavities to gum disease. Ironically, one reason that many people avoid the dentist is the fear that it will be expensive. However, delaying seeing the dentist can make it more likely that you’ll need expensive dental work.
If cavities are caught early, the problem will likely be easier and less expensive to fix. If cavities are neglected, however, you could end up needing a root canal and crown, which could cost much more. Similarly, if we notice the beginning signs of gum disease, we may be able to help you reverse it before it causes a big problem.
Avoiding the dentist puts you at risk of health problems
A dentist should be just as much a part of your health care team as your family doctor. This is because your overall health is linked to your dental health. Poor dental health can lead to heart problems and even lung problems because bacteria in your mouth can travel throughout your body. Avoiding the dentist can even lead to strokes.
In addition, not seeking regular dental care can also lead to other unwanted complications, such as tooth loss. In some cases, neglecting your dental hygiene may even lead to the need for dentures.
Sedation dentistry can relax you
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for people with dental anxiety. With sedation dentistry, you’re usually awake, but you’ll be relaxed due to the sedation we give you. There are three types of sedation Dr. Samet offers:
Oral medication can put you into a state of relaxation as Dr. Samet performs your dental work. Dr. Samet may also use local anesthetics, so you won’t feel any pain.
Nitrous oxide ― also known as laughing gas ― is another form of medication that can relax you as Dr. Samet performs your dental work. Dr. Samet may also use local anesthetics, so you won’t feel any pain.
By administering the sedatives directly into your vein by IV, Dr. Samet can ensure that you’re completely sedated without having to use general anesthesia. Sedation dentistry is also good for more involved dental procedures.
If you’ve been avoiding seeing the dentist out of fear, know this: There’s no reason to be afraid. Dr. Samet and her team can answer all your questions and allay your fears. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Dental Art of South Bay today.