Are you nervous every time you need to go to the dentist? You may be suffering from dental fear if you experience extreme stress whenever you need to plan on a dental appointment for a treatment, or even for a simple dental hygiene session. It is not surprising for you to think of several excuses to postpone or cancel the dental visit, to avoid feeling the anxiety. However, not going to the dentist on a regular basis can bring serious problems to your dental health.
Your dental fear can be the result of a variety of factors, such as the fear of experiencing pain. No one wants to go through the discomfort of a dental treatment, especially those that are more complicated such as a dental implant treatment. Fear of needles is another factor that increases the anxiety level of patients, since some treatments may involve an injection. The shrill sound of the dental drill may also contribute to the fear of an agitated patient.
You can effectively deal with dental fear with the help of conscious sedation. A sedative is administered through an IV line either on your hand or on the crook of the elbow; this sedative will put you in a very relaxed state. While under conscious sedation, you will still be able to understand the dentist’s instructions because you will remain fully conscious all throughout the procedure. Afterwards, you will not remember the uncomfortable parts of the treatment. Conscious sedation will help you have a positive experience with your dental treatment, even if you have a history with dental fear.