Dental Fear March 2012
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Are you afraid of the dentist? If so, you are not alone! In studies conducted by the American Association of Endodontists, approximately 80 percent of Americans are afraid of the dentist. And anywhere from five to 10 percent of those people are so afraid that they avoid dental visits altogether.
Forgoing dental treatment means cavities, lost teeth, altered appearance, and more serious afflictions like gum disease (which is linked to heart disease, strokes and diabetes). With statistics this staggering, Rodeo Dental and Orthodontics long ago recognized the need to prioritize alleviating dental fears through its use of sedation dentistry and a warm and caring staff.
Is sedation right for you? In one study, 90 percent of fearful patients reported more comfort and less fear with the use of sedation. Dr. Robin Bethell, a practitioner at the office, has seen success with his patients.
“Dental phobia is the biggest obstacle for patients when it comes to oral health,” he said. “Oral Sedation gives patients a way to combat fear and anxiety when completing dental procedures, and can be the difference between an anxious, stressful dental experience and a comfortable, pleasant one.”
Sedation can be as simple as nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) or an oral sedation pill, or can be done via a technique called IV sedation, which leaves the patient fully conscious but deeply relaxed and unconcerned about the appointment. Sedation can even be used for simple activities like a basic cleaning, so don’t be afraid to ask!
“Oral sedation in dentistry isn’t really that new,” Dr. Bethell says. “Valium (diazepam) and Versed (midazolam) have been used in medicine and dentistry for decades; however, not many dental practices were properly equipped and trained to use them. Educational advancements in dentistry and improved health monitoring technology have made oral sedation safer, and thus more widely available. This is helping to destroy the old views of ‘scary’ dental experiences.”
Rodeo Dental has been doing sedation dentistry since 2009 with help of pediatric specialists and well trained dental anesthetists. If you are apprehensive about dental visits, give them a call.
“The root of dental fear is the fear of the unknown,” says Dr. Bethell. “Often, patients hear horror stories about dental pain. They see sharp instruments and hear intimidating terminology and fear the worst.
Our goal at Rodeo Dental is to educate our surrounding community using language people are familiar with (even Spanish), prevent dental disease, and extinguish fear at its root. As a last resource, we offer sedation if a patient’s anxiety prevents them from getting the care they need.”
SOURCE Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics