If you’re among the millions of Americans who experience anxiety, or even outright fear, at the thought of going to the dentist, sedation dentistry from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD may be just what you need.
Up to twenty percent of the American population put off dental treatment, or avoid it entirely, due to anxiety. And it isn’t just Americans; it seems to be a universal issue.
Dental phobia is a more extreme condition. People with dental phobia are panic-stricken at the thought of seeing the dentist. To make matters worse, they’re usually aware that their fears are irrational, but are still unable to get to the dentist’s office. It’s what psychologists classify as avoidance behavior: they do whatever they have to do to keep from going to the dentist.
If this sounds like you, or someone you love, then you know how serious it is. People who can’t bring themselves to see the dentist are putting their dental health at risk, and that’s a pretty big deal.
At Destination Dentistry, we offer several levels of sedation dentistry that are usually enough to get patients through their appointments.
- Nitrous oxide. Known popularly as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century. It is safe an effective, and works by putting the patient in a relaxed, euphoric state.
- Oral conscious sedation. This involves taking a sedative an hour or so before your appointment. It won’t make you sleep. You’re able to respond to questions, but are largely unaware of what’s going on around you.
Ignoring your dental health can be dangerous. If you or a loved one would benefit from sedation dentistry, call us at Destination Dentistry in Custer SD to schedule a consultation. We provide a full range of family dentistry services.
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