Dental anxiety is a fear of visiting a dentist. It’s estimated as many as 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety. Dental anxiety can range from a fear of needles, to fear of pain, to fear of the dentist.
Dental anxiety can be caused by a number of issues. Some patients experience anxiety over the idea of dental work because of a traumatic experience from their childhood. Others feel anxious when visiting the dentist because they are worried they will experience pain. Some patients have a strong gag reflex, which can cause them to panic if they feel their throat closing up. Others may experience pain associated with their procedure, or they may be afraid of needles. The dentist in St George understands your anxiety and can recommend techniques to help you be more comfortable while receiving treatment.
This is one of the main reasons that sedation dentistry has become so popular with patients. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax during their treatment, helping them feel calm and at ease in the dentist’s chair.
Dental anxiety affects your oral health in many ways. It may prevent you from visiting a dentist regularly to receive the care you need. This can result in dental issues going untreated, which can result in further dental problems. The expert dentists of Hallmark Dental Group can help you overcome your dental anxiety and also help you start receiving the dental care you need.
Sedation dentistry is an extremely effective way to treat dental anxiety. It can calm your nerves so you feel completely at ease during your visit to the dentist in St George, UT.
Sedation dentistry typically involves the use of nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas) or oral medication to help you relax. Before your procedure begins, your dental professional will discuss your options with you and recommend the best option based on your unique needs and treatment.
The dentist will sedate you prior to the treatment and monitor your vital signs for the entire time.
For more information on how to deal with dental anxiety, call Hallmark Dental Group at (435) 634-8338 or visit us at 335 East St George Blvd #201, Saint George, UT 84770.