The main thing that hinders you going to your dental checkup is your dental phobia. However, avoiding your dental visits do not help. According to research, people who skip dental visits are more prone to having dental diseases, such as tooth decay, gum disease, tartar build up, etc. You can sustain either your dental phobia or your smile.
Thanks to the technological advancement, dentistry has undergone a drastic change to eradicate dental phobia among patients.
Sedation and anesthetics
Many people experience needle phobia, and these people usually pass out or experience low blood pressure on seeing dental needles. Many dental clinics offer anesthesia to their patients. Before your visit to dentist, inquire which sort of anesthesia, s/he will provide. One option is topical anesthesia (numbing gel) that numb the gums so that the patient does not feel the needle piercing into your gum.
Another type of anesthesia is nitrous sedation (laughing gas). There are many dental clinics providing Nitrous sedation Plainfield IL. Nitrous oxide has a very soothing and relaxing effect on the patient. One of the most recent innovations aimed at making these treatments pain-free is a local anesthetic device known as the wand. The device gives a controlled supply of anesthesia to the patient. Some dentists also use IV sedation that causes memory loss for a limited period and keeps the patient relaxed and comfortable.
Many patients are afraid of the drilling sound. With laser technology in the dental treatments, it becomes easier to reduce the dental drill, needle phobia, and vibrating sensations when it comes to the tooth decay. Lasers also come handy in periodontal treatment, root canal procedures, and teeth whitening practices. Using this technology, patients become less fearful of having dental visits and start a proper oral hygiene routine that leads to improving oral health.
Many experts criticize the use of anesthetics. It helps the patient’s mind to stop thinking about the fear internally by distracting it by an external object like pen. After that, the hypnotist will suggest you to relax making you close your eyes and inhale deeply and slowly. In the next stage, you will make an image of dental surgery into your mind. You will imagine all steps of the surgery in a very calm and composed way.
The process not just helps you overcome your needle phobia, but also treat the chronic facial pain. Hypnotism is very rare in dental surgeries. Some dentists have a knack of it, while it is better to have a hypnotist who is expert in treating dental anxieties.
At times, the dental phobia is a product of a negative experience in childhood. Usually, children do not feel comfortable about the whole dental office and the irritation caused by the dental procedures. To prevent your kid's discomfort turn into an extreme dental phobia, it is better to take them to a dentist, specialized in kids dentistry. Pediatric dentists are usually experienced in reducing the dental fear among kids and, on bonus; they help your child develop a good hygiene routine.