People with dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously. And with sedation options from Richardson Cosmetic dentistry, you can still get the dental care you need.
Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be difficult, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on an airplane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.
Someone with dental phobia or dental anxiety, on the other hand, is at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.
Fear causes the person to skip dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a little cavity) proceeds until it reaches a nerve and causes pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.
At this point, the necessary therapy is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.
Experts believe that the rate of dental phobia may be as high as one in four people. Are you one of them?
At The Richardson Dentist, we want to help distressed patients manage their fear so they can endure twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the only way to protect teeth and gums.
We offer three levels of sedation: nitrous oxide, or laughing gas; oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative; and IV sedation, which as its name indicates involves intravenous sedatives.
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