How’s Your Health?
In recent years, studies have shown connections between your oral and overall health. Research shows, for example, that there’s a link between gum disease and health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
And the studies continue to pour in. Although researchers can’t necessarily point to the nature of some of these connections, we know that compelling evidence exists linking oral health problems to depression, osteoporosis, premature births and low birth weight, and alzheimer’s disease.
So what are the implications of this research? Well, one thing it should suggest to you is that good oral health is more than just maintaining your smile. It gives a new importance and level of urgency to scheduling those regular cleanings and exams with your dentist. No big deal, right?
Wrong. If you suffer from dental anxiety, keeping up with routine professional oral care is a very big deal. Millions of Americans avoid seeing their dentist for checkups out of fear. And if you’re one of them, you know that this could greatly compromise overall health.
If what you just read sends your heart racing, today’s blog is for you. Our caring team at Rod Gleave, D.M.D wants you to know that dentistry isn’t what it used to be. Dental anxiety sufferers now have options in sedation dentistry that can change the way you see going to the dentist forever.
Let’s start by talking about why you’re so afraid of the dentist.
Causes Of Dental Anxiety
Everyone copes with fear and anxiety differently, but the root causes behind anxiety about dental care seem to be similar for many people across the board. Some of those reasons are:
-Fear of a loss of control
-Fear of the unknown
-Fears from past negative experiences at the dentist’s office
-Fear of sounds and smells associated with a dental office
Knowing and understanding what’s behind your dental anxiety is the first step in overcoming it. Luckily, thanks to advances in modern medicine, you can get comfortable, pain-free treatment at our Salt Lake City dental office.
Sedation Dentistry Is All About YOUR Needs
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Gleave, we encourage you to talk to us about your concerns. Let us know if you have dental anxiety, and ask about our sedation and comfort options.
We go out of our way to make sure your time with us is positive and relaxing. So for starters, we do our best to provide a soothing, comfortable atmosphere. You can help yourself to:
-Books and magazines
-Free Wifi connection
You’d be amazed at how effective these simple comfort amenities are in making you feel more at ease. If, however, your anxiety is more intense, we offer sedation options to help you further.
Nitrous Oxide – Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a safe and easy way to make you feel relaxed while receiving treatment. It’s mild, wears off quickly after treatment, and is safe for all ages.
Oral Sedation – If you need a little bit more help feeling comfortable, oral sedation in the form of a pill can help calm you. It’s not enough to put you asleep during a procedure, but it’s a deeper form of sedation than nitrous oxide. You take the pill about an hour before your treatment, and afterward, you’ll still be groggy enough to need to make arrangements for a ride home.
IV Sedation – For more extreme cases of dental anxiety, this form of sedation is injected into your bloodstream and can be adjusted as needed during your procedure. Since it’s more powerful than oral sedation, it takes longer to wear off and also requires that you arrange for someone to take you home after treatment.
Take That First Step And Make An Appointment!
At Rod Gleave, DMD, we are here and ready to get you back on track toward better oral and overall health. All you have to do is give us a call.
Let us help you overcome your dental anxiety with our comfort and sedation options today!