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Dental anxiety is very common. In fact, anywhere between 9-20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist completely because of their nerves. However, skipping out on dental care is a risky practice. Most dental problems are easily treated when they are caught early. Regular dental cleanings can help you avoid issues like cavities and gum disease altogether. Furthermore, your dental health is closely tied to your overall health. Poor oral health is linked to conditions like heart disease and respiratory illness. Instead of avoiding the dentist, try these tips to relax during your appointment:
Spread Out Your Care
If you need extensive dental work, don’t try to force all of your treatments into a single appointment. Work out a treatment plan with your dentist that allows you to spread out your procedures across a few visits. This makes each appointment less overwhelming, not to mention shorter, so you can approach each one with a little more confidence.
Choose the Right Dentist
If going to the dentist makes you anxious, seek out a dentist who understands your concerns. You should feel comfortable discussing your nervousness with your dentist, and he or she should be patient and accommodating. Make sure your dentist and the entire staff at the practice are willing to explain procedures for you and go slowly so that you feel relaxed.
Sedation dentistry is a great solution for anxious patients. With IV sedation, you’ll get the care you need without any nervousness or pain. You’ll simply sleep through your dental treatment and wake up with a healthier smile. Sedation can be used for everything from routine cleanings to complex procedures.
We’re proud to offer sedation dentistry to our patients at Oak Creek Dental Care. Talk to our compassionate team about your dental anxiety and find out how we can help you get the preventative and cosmetic dentistry treatments you need. Schedule an appointment at our Columbus, Ohio, dental office by calling (614) 882-5525.
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