Millions of people get so worked up about dental appointments that they skip the dentist entirely. At The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria we understand that dental anxiety is a very real thing, and that for some people it’s more like dental phobia. But skipping the dentist is not a good idea. Sedation dentistry may be just what they need.
Survey after survey tells us how common fear of the dentist is. Anywhere from nine to twenty percent of adult Americans cope with it to one degree or another! Many of them exhibit what psychologists call avoidance behavior: they’ll do just about anything to avoid a dentist appointment.
There are lots of reasons why people have dental anxiety or phobia. The trouble with skipping the dentist, of course, is that it puts your dental health at risk. We want you to have healthy teeth and gums. There is also a clear connection between dental health and overall health.
One solution is sedation dentistry. We offer:
- Nitrous oxide. Laughing gas works quickly, wears off quickly, and is very effective.
- Oral concious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative before your appointment. It puts you in a state of great relaxation. You will need a ride to and from our office.
- IV sedation. Administered intravenously, this puts you in the deepest availalbe state of relaxation, though you will not sleep. You’ll need a ride to and from our office with this, too.
- General anesthesia. Our strongest sedation, you are completely asleep. You will have no memory of the procedure at all.
If you are coping with dental anxiety or phobia, sedation dentistry from The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria offers hope. We have successfully treated many patients just like you, and also offer complete family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!