Millions of Americans experience fear, nervousness, or anxiety when they visit their dentist. While this can keep them from visiting their dentist regularly, it is a different condition than dental phobia.
Dental phobia is a more severe condition that leaves its victims terrified to visit the dentist. This causes them to avoid going to the dentist at all costs, which ultimately can result in painful tooth problems that just continue the cycle of fear.
The good news is that there are comfortable ways that we can help patients manage their dental phobia, so they can get the dental care they need to maintain a healthy smile, and your Sartell, MN dental team is here to help.
What Causes Dental Phobia?
The cause of dental phobia differs with every patient. Some patients have had previous experiences at the dentist that traumatized them, while others may be fearful of pain.
For some patients, it is the needle used for anesthetic that scares them or the thought that the anesthetic may not work, and they'll experience discomfort.
In other cases, lying in the dental chair can make someone feel out of control. Work in the mouth presents personal space issues for some people. Having the dentist or hygienist that close to their face can be overwhelming.
And for some folks, it's embarrassment about the condition of their teeth and mouth that keeps them from visiting the dentist regularly.
Whatever the case may be, if you are experiencing these feelings, you should know that they're genuine.
IV Sedation Can Help You Get the Dental Treatment You Need
At i-Implant Dentistry, Dr. Saad Bassas has completed extensive advanced training that makes him uniquely qualified to provide IV sedation at our both our Roseville and Sartell dental offices.
During IV sedation, Dr. Bassas continually monitors your vital signs and heart rate while administering a sedative intravenously. He can adjust the medication as needed to allow you to "sleep" throughout your entire procedure.
IV sedation is an excellent option for patients with special needs, severe dental phobia, or patients who have multiple complex treatment procedures to complete during one appointment.
If you are interested in learning more about how IV sedation in Sartell can help you, contact i-Implant Dentistry today at (320) 331-3000 for more information.