Visiting the dentist can be a nerve wracking experience. Whether from previous negative experiences, embarrassment, or a lack of control, there are many reasons people might get nervous about visiting the dentist. But when those with dental anxiety begin to avoid the dentist for routine checkups, cleanings, or when something is wrong with their teeth or gums, larger complications can ensue.
Dental Anxiety Explained
It’s estimated that between 9 and 15 percent of people avoid the dentist out of anxiety and fear. That includes avoiding routine checkups and professional cleanings. By avoiding these regular appointments, you’ll increase your risk for developing gum disease, cavities, and enamel decay. Even with sound oral hygiene habits, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly in order to ensure you’re on the right track with your oral health.
What’s worse is that many patients with more severe dental anxiety avoid the dentist when something is acutely wrong with the teeth or gums. Cavities or damaged teeth can be sensitive and painful, and yet they can be quickly treated with a trip to the dentist. As such, dental anxiety can become quite dangerous. Fortunately, sedation dentistry has emerged as a way to ease the anxiety surrounding visiting the dentist, helping patients feel calm and relaxed for their dental visit.
Advanced Dental Care of Richmond provides sedation dentistry for those with dental anxiety. If you’d otherwise avoid the dentist for routine checkups, cleanings, and necessary treatments, there are a number of options available to ease the anxiety surrounding a trip to the dentist. We offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, anxiolysis, or IV sedation, all of which will help you feel stress and pain free throughout your appointment.
Sedation Dentistry with Advanced Dental Care of Richmond
If you’re interested in our sedation dentistry service, contact our Richmond, VA office today! You can also contact us here.