For many people, having a twice-yearly dental appointment is a simple matter. They make the arrangements and follow through without a second thought. There are some, though, for whom the mere idea of going to the dentist can make them want to go hide in a corner. It might have been from a bad experience as a child or a more recent time. Whatever the case, they have dental phobia.
While dental phobia is a very real, valid concern, gum disease doesn’t discriminate in who it decides to strike. If people don’t pay enough attention to their oral health, then it opens up the door for gingivitis and other more advanced forms of gum disease to enter the picture. Here’s how one can overcome dental phobia.
In extreme situations sedation dentistry is one possibility for helping a patient through dental phobia. They can choose from several different ways to do this. There is the mildest option, which is to take a mild sedative to help take the edge off while they wait in the waiting room. There is twilight sedation, where they are awake but unaware the entire time. It may seem like they went to sleep and there is a general state of amnesia. They will wake up quite groggy from that and have to be driven home since their reflexes will be off. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has been an option but with dental current dental technology as streamlined as it is this has become unnecessary. Also,one can undergo full anesthesia, but it’s not recommended for basic treatments.
When it comes to sedation dentistry, the patient should consult with their insurance first to see how much, if any, is covered. Should the twilight sedation prove to be too costly, they can always choose one of the other options.
One thing that VIP Dental Center does to alleviate dental phobia is set up an atmosphere that instantly relaxes a patient… and any family members or friends that have come along. The waiting area is not one of those spartan types where there isn’t much to do except dwell on any negative possibilities. There’s a movie theater for them to watch while the patient has their work done in a spa-like environment. It’s hard to feel anxious while being pampered.
VIP Dental Center has been helping patients relax through dental procedures for many years. They know exactly what can be done to put anyone at ease… and their returning patient base shows that their reputation is well-earned.