3 Reasons To Give Dental Sedation A Chance [BLOG]
Our caring staff at Patrick Stuckey, DDS in Ruston, LA want to celebrate with you today.
We want to celebrate good oral health because we know that after reading our blog, you’ll be one step closer to overcoming your fear of the dentist and change the way you experience dental care for good!
Why We’re So Afraid Of The Dentist
Practically everyone who’s ever been to the dentist can admit to feeling some measure of fear.
For most of us, it’s not enough fear to keep us from going to the dentist. We’re able to control whatever anxieties we have at the moment because we know it’s in our best interest overall.
You may not be that fortunate, though. You may have what millions of other people have, which is the kind of dental anxiety that makes even the simplest appointments feel like an overwhelming nightmare.
And here’s why we use the word ‘fortunate’ to describe those of us who aren’t that afraid.
It’s because many of the most common causes for dental anxiety are completely out of your control.
You didn’t do anything to make it happen, most likely. Instead, you had a traumatic appointment as a child that still haunts you. Maybe you’ve heard terrible stories from relatives and co-workers about certain treatments and can’t get past it. Perhaps you just have a sensitive gag reflex or a low pain tolerance.
The point is your dental anxiety began somewhere along the way.
And the good news about that is it means your dental anxiety can also end.
3 Reasons To Give Dental Sedation A Chance
You’ve heard of inhaled sedation but probably don’t even realize it.
It’s commonly called laughing gas, and it’s an easy, tried-and-true sedation method that helps patients of all ages and levels of anxiety relax.
If you haven’t before, here are just three reasons you should give it a chance!
*It Allows You To Get The Dental Treatment You Need*
You can’t give a cavity a chance to grow and you can’t give infection a chance to spread.
Sedation allows you to get the care you need so your dental problems don’t get worse.
The objective of using inhaled sedation is to make you relaxed and comfortable during your dental procedure.
If you’ve gone so long without professional dental care that you need multiple treatments to get back on track, sedation can help you do that so you can get it over with sooner rather than drag it out over several appointments.
*It Relaxes Your Body When You’re Not Able To*
It’s not easy to have someone working inside your mouth, nor is it comfortable to have your mouth open for long periods of time the way you have to for dental treatments.
Moreover, when your body is full of tension, you can actually make things that don’t really hurt actually feel more painful.
Inhaled sedation, though, is a way to relax your body if when you’re not able to. It steps in and takes over, in a way. Your mind is too full of stress and anxiety, and your body responds with tension.
The sedation won’t make you fall asleep, but it will make you not care about what’s happening. You’ll be able to sink comfortably into the chair and avoid the physically exhausting effects of all that anxiety.
*It Helps Change The Way You Experience Dentistry*
Feeling tense or anxious only aggravates your circumstances. If that’s how you feel as soon as you arrive at the dentist office, your treatment is going to be even harder for you to endure.
But once you’ve had the opportunity to get through just one dental treatment with help from inhaled sedation, the next appointment will be easier to handle.
And so will the next one.
And the next one after that.
Over time, relying on dental sedation can ease you over the hurdle of anxiety and change the way you experience and perceive dentistry into the future!
Change Your Dental Experience Now!
We love the chance to change a patient’s perception of the dentist because it means better oral health isn’t far behind.
When you can get beyond your fear of dental care, you’ll be able to maintain regular check-ups and stay on top of your oral health for the rest of your life.
To learn more about how our team at Patrick Stuckey, D.D.S. can help you feel more comfortable about dentistry, call us today at 318-225-7986. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.