Millions of people get so worked up about dental appointments that they skip the dentist entirely. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO we understand that dental anxiety is a very real thing, and that for some people it’s more like dental phobia. But skipping the dentist is not a good idea. Sedation dentistry may be just what they need.
Survey after survey tells us how common fear of the dentist is. Anywhere from nine to twenty percent of adult Americans cope with it to one degree or another! Many of them exhibit what psychologists call avoidance behavior: they’ll do just about anything to avoid a dentist appointment.
There are lots of reasons why people have dental anxiety or phobia. The more common ones include:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of injections
- Fear of side effects
- Fear of helplessness, or loss of control
The trouble with skipping the dentist entirely, of course, is that it puts your dental health at risk. We want you to have healthy teeth and gums, and is also a clear connection between dental health and overall health.
One solution to this is sedation dentistry. We offer oral concious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative before your appointment. It’s a muscle relaxant that won’t put you to sleep, but will remove tension. It can cause mild amnesia for the time of the appointment, so you may not remember much of the procedure. You will need a ride to and from our office.
If you are coping with dental anxiety or phobia, sedation dentistry from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO offers hope. We have successfully treated many patients just like you. People from Boulder, Louisville, and Broomfield come to our office for complete general and family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!