According to one study, 30 to 40 million Americans avoid dental visits due to dental anxiety or phobia.
A person suffers from dental anxiety when he or she is scared about their dental procedure. In the advanced stage of this condition, a person tries to avoid any dental treatment altogether, which can lead to poor oral health.
Some symptoms of hidden dental anxiety are profuse sweating and palpitation. The patient may also experience low blood pressure and faint at the time of treatment. The patient’s dental anxiety is said to be visible when they show symptoms like apparent distress, panic, shouting, and crying.
Sometimes patients also try to withdraw from the dental procedure by giving excuses or showing aggression. Occasionally they will also use humor to hide their nervousness.
There are various reasons for developing dental anxiety and phobia. This anxiety mostly appears in patients who might have experienced a traumatic dental treatment. A previous head or neck injury could also be the reason for the fear. Trust seems to be the main factor.
Dental anxiety and phobia cause patients to avoid dental treatments. Unfortunately, this behavior often turns simple dental issues into complicated ones that require advanced treatment.
In case you are afraid of dental procedures and find it challenging to keep up with your dental appointments due to your dental anxiety, here are some of the treatment options which can help to ease your stress:
A person who is having mild dental anxiety can feel more relaxed by techniques like deep breathing, music, meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Your dentist may also offer nitrous oxide, which would give you the appropriate combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide to breathe as an effective and safe method to manage anxiety and pain associated with a dental procedure. You will be relaxed but still awake.
IV sedation dentistry uses different medications intravenously to help patients relax or fall asleep during their dental procedures. However, they can still respond to verbal prompts. It ensures that the patient feels no pain during the entire procedure.
At Smiles on Hickman, we provide high-quality sedation dentistry services that can help to ease your dental anxiety.