Dental anxiety is a problem that affects millions of people. Research from the National Institutes of Health indicates that anxiety affects 80% of Americans and up to 14% of those experience intense anxiety. The same study confirms that anxious patients commonly suffer from more decayed or missing teeth compared to non-anxious patients.
If you are a fearful patient, Medina dentist Dr. Christopher Sinick would like you to know that you don’t have to sacrifice your oral health because of anxiety. Past negative dental experiences are often the cause of stress; however, as we learn more about anxiety and how it affects our patients' oral health, we continually look for new ways to make your visits more comfortable than ever before.
Here are three reasons why you should let go of your dental anxiety:
Dental Professionals Are More Aware of Anxiety
Dental professionals today are far more sensitive to the needs of their anxious patients than they were a few decades ago. They are trained to be responsive to your needs, and you never have to feel like you have to “tough it out” on your own.
Most Dentists Use Sedation
Most dentists today offer some type of sedation option to help anxious patients relax. Sedation allows you to drift off comfortably and safely so we can provide more efficient treatment, which means less time in the dental chair for you.
Modern Technology Allows for Faster, Easier Procedures
Dental technology has progressed to the point where we can do many procedures more efficiently and comfortably than in the past. For instance, at Sinick Family Dental we provide laser dentistry that allows us to perform the same procedures with less discomfort, less bleeding, easier recovery and faster healing than traditional methods.
If you have spent your life battling dental anxiety, please call our Medina dentist. We are sensitive to your concerns and will do everything possible to ensure your visits with us are comfortable and stress-free.