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The Consequences Of Avoiding Dental Care

Here at Edgewood Dental Care, we work with patients every day who are afraid of visiting the dentist. If you experience fear or anxiety at the thought of a dental checkup, you certainly are not alone! But if you let your fear or anxiety affect your dental decisions, you could end up with a major problem on your hands. Avoiding dental care due to dental fear or anxiety is a very common reason why patients experience major dental problems and need extensive treatment. Let’s talk about dental anxiety, why you should not let it keep you from getting the care you need, and how our Edgewood, KY dental office can help. Please feel free to contact our team if you have any questions or concerns about this topic.

Anxiety — Our Team Understands!

Trust us when we say that you are not the only person with dental fear or anxiety! It is a common concern … lots of old myths and fears surround dentistry. It was not always so easy to offer comfort. Some people also have dental fears due to past experiences … maybe they saw a less-than-stellar dentist as a child and experienced some pain. Regardless of your situation or why you are afraid to visit the dentist, our team can help you. We work with patients with all different levels of fear all of the time. We understand! You are not alone.

What Will Happen If You Avoid Dental Care

If you let your dental fear or anxiety keep you from visiting the dentist, you could ruin your oral heath. Regular dental checkups are essential in maintaining a healthy smile. If you are not checked out by a dentist on a regular basis, you may accumulate small problems that turn into major dental issues. Small cavities can turn into large areas of decay and mild instances of gum disease and progress into serious infections, including jawbone deteriorate. If caught early, most dental problems are fairly simple to solve. However, when you avoid care and let the problems get out of hand, you may have to undergo more complicated procedures … procedures that are more expensive and uncomfortable. For optimum ease and comfort, choose prevention over restoration!

How We Can Help You With Dental Sedation

But how exactly can we help you deal with dental anxiety and ensure a comfortable visit? Dental sedation! Our team offers three different levels of dental sedation, each of which we will touch on briefly here. Each can be used in a different situation to help you feel relaxed, comfortable, and safe.

Nitrous Oxide — Also known as laughing gas, this substance is great for helping slightly nervous patients simply take the edge off. It is inhaled via a face mask and creates a sense of euphoria for the patient. This option is great for patients of all ages. Because this is a lighter form of sedation, it adjusts easily and wears off quickly so that you can drive yourself home from the dentist that day.

Oral Conscious Sedation — This form of sedation is for patients who are moderately anxious about their visit. This is a medication taken before your appointment to create grogginess and relaxation. You will still be aware of what is going on during your appointment … you will simply feel at ease! You will need someone to drive you to and from the office on the day of your appointment if you choose oral conscious sedation.

IV Sedation — If you are quite anxious or afraid and do not want to remember your dental procedure, IV sedation is for you. This completely safe, deep form of sedation creates a sleep-like state that allows you to be completely comfortable during treatment.

How To Schedule A Consultation

HAVE you been avoiding dental care due to fear or anxiety? It is not to late to seek treatment! Whatever your problem is, we can help you fix it! If you are due for a checkup, please give us a call at 859-474-7830. A member of our team would be delighted to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit. You can also request an appointment using our online contact form.

Please do not let your fears or anxiety keep you from getting the care you need. Our team can make your visit very comfortable. We look forward to working with you!

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