Dental Anxiety and Sedation Dentistry for Children and Adults

Dental anxiety is a fact that many adults and children have to deal with. Dental health is not something that should be neglected and preventable problems with your teeth can be treated through basic dental hygiene care. Dental procedures for cavities and gum disease should be received as early as possible following their detection.  Badly decayed teeth as well as gum disease can lead to various health issues including arthritis, heart disease and a myriad of other health conditions. Routine dental visits should be a part of everyone’s lifestyle.

Dental fears can be developed as a young child and carried into adulthood. One bad dental experience can lead to dental anxiety. This type of fear can impact a person’s decision to utilize routine dental care through a dental office. Dental anxiety is an unfounded fear as most of today’s dentists are considerate of their patients care and comfort. Dentists and dental assistants are trained to be sensitive to their patient’s needs, physical comfort and emotional well-being.

Dental anxiety is largely unnecessary.  Most dentists today are considerate of their patients’ comfort and peace of mind.  Their staff members are also trained to be sensitive to patients’ needs and feelings.  Dental anxiety should be addressed rather than choosing to avoid the dentist. Being open and honest with the dentist and the dental staff before the dental visit will help. Sharing your fears openly is beneficial for adults as well as children. A good dentist will understand his patient’s dental anxiety regardless of their age. Sedation is an option for children and adults who require dental work.

Sedation dentistry is available. Laughing gas is only one aspect of sedation dentistry. There are several ways in which sedation drugs can be administered and there is no harm involved for a healthy individual. Sedation dentistry is designed to calm and relax the patient during the dental visit.  Intravenous sedation is available however most patients prefer oral sedation because most of the anxiety associated with dentistry involves patients being anxious and fearful about needles or inhalants such as laughing gas; diazepam or oral sedation are excellent means to relax an anxious patient.