Why Are People Afraid To Go To The Dentist?
What causes dental anxiety? Fear of pain, primarily, according to “The Fearful Dental Patient: A Guide to Understanding and Managing (2011).”
The author, Levy, says some dental patients may have either had their own negative experience or simply heard about someone else’s negative experience. In addition, according to “Strategies to manage patients with dental anxiety and phobia: a literature review,” what dentally anxious patients commonly fear include:
- A sense of helplessness in the dental chair
- Choking and/or gagging
- Detached treatment by a dentist or a sense of depersonalization
- Lack of control during dental treatment
Relaxation and sedation options are available at Dr. Ian Gray Dental to help you receive the dental care you need while being comfortable and free from dental anxiety. Our Newmarket dentists have been trained in various types of dental sedation options.
The most popular types of dental sedatives is oral conscious sedation. Different levels of sedation can be utilized depending on an individual’s need.
Oral Conscious Sedation is an ideal sedation option for moderate to severe anxiety towards dental treatment and for those with a fear of needles.
Sedation for dentistry allows you to receive the dental care that you want without the fear and anxiety often associated with dental treatment. You can take comfort in knowing that absolutely nothing will be done until you are completely comfortable.
It is also great for busy individuals who don’t have time to dedicate to multiple dental appointments.
For patients with severe anxiety Dr. Ian Gray also provides Deep Sedation and General Anaesthesia for both children and adults.
Benefits Of Sedation
Sedation for dentistry allows you to receive the dental care that you want without the fear and anxiety often associated with dental treatment. You can take comfort in knowing that absolutely nothing will be done until you are completely comfortable. It is also great for busy individuals who don’t have time to dedicate to multiple dental appointments.
The benefits include:
- Fear and anxiety avoided
- Patients who have been difficult to ‘freeze’ routinely have profound numbness while sedated. Local anesthetic is still used, however we don’t do anything until the sedation medication has taken effect.
- Fewer appointments – in many cases all of your treatment can be completed in one or two appointments
- Relieves feelings of confinement and crowding of your personal space
- Little or no memory of your visit
- Getting all of your dentistry done in a short time will likely even save you money versus doing a little here and little there – there will be less emergency treatment needed. It’s better to fix a small problem today than a big one tomorrow.
For detailed information download our Anxiety Free Dentistry Patient Guide here.
Call our Newmarket Dental Office today to book a complimentary consultation at 289-212-1118 or request online here.