I Have Dental Phobia: Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

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It’s natural to feel anxious about someone poking around in your mouth; it’s uncomfortable, vulnerable, embarrassing, and even occasionally painful. However, regular cleanings and dental work are necessary if you want to keep your teeth, and sedation dentistry can help you get the help you need -- without the stress and anxiety. 

At Comfort Dental Spa, our team of experienced staff and providers can help provide relief from dental phobia through sedation dentistry. It’s safe, effective, and can be used for almost any dental procedure so that you stay relaxed and comfortable.  

The importance of sedation dentistry

According to one study, 60% of adults experience some form of dental anxiety. There are plenty of reasons for this; some had poor experiences with previous dentists, some feel self-conscious about their teeth, and some have had this phobia since childhood. Regardless of your reasons (or lack thereof), you shouldn’t let your dental anxiety keep you from getting the care you need. 

The prevalence of dental anxiety has led to an entirely new type of treatment: sedation dentistry. If you’ve ever had significant work done, you’ve probably already experienced it. Sedation is standard practice during lengthy surgeries, but there’s no rule saying you cannot sedate someone for a routine cleaning. 

If the idea of sitting down in the dentist’s chair fills you with dread, you might benefit from some level of sedation. 

Benefits of sedation dentistry 

There are two general types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV sedation. The latter is usually used for lengthy procedures and highly anxious patients, but laughing gas usually does the trick for most people. 

Sedation dentistry comes with a number of perks, including: 

No dental visit is worth stressing over, but skipping it is a bad idea. Dental phobia often boils down to a fear of pain or judgment, but avoiding the dentist will just put you more at risk of discoloration, cavities, and toothaches. 

At Comfort Dental Spa, we’re here to help you, and there’s no shame in needing something to calm your nerves. Dental phobia is a common problem, and sedation dentistry exists to help people like you. 

Have you been putting off your dental appointments? Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling 248-306-8753 or booking a consultation online

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