Many people do not know the words to describe how they feel about the dentist other than to say that they simply refuse to visit the dentist. Stress, fear, anxiety, and panic are often used to describe people’s hesitation and refusal to make and keep dentist’s appointment. If this describes you or a family member in any way, it needs to be understood that suffering from dental phobia is a real condition.
For years, many people have tried to suffer through dental appointments. Perhaps as a child your parents forced you to see a dentist with whom you had a bad experience or rapport. Perhaps you have an extremely sensitive gag reflex, so you are leery of visiting the dentist for fear of what may happen. Or, perhaps, you have fears that are exacerbated by the scraping sounds from having your teeth cleaned, and the thought of laying back in the dentist’s chair puts you into a cold sweat. Whatever the cause of your dental phobia, it is vitally important that you express them with your dentist.
Putting off dental appointments and needed dental care is dangerous. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis allows your dentist to become familiar with your mouth and oral health. If a small cavity occurs, it is important to have it treated right away so that it does not develop into serious decay or an infection. If an infection occurs inside the mouth, it can easily begin to spread to neighboring teeth and to the gum line. But even more than that, an infection inside the mouth is not limited to the mouth. Infections and diseases that begin in the mouth can easily spread to the rest of the body through the living tissues and blood stream. There is much evidence and research that proves how oral health concerns can affect the cause and worsening of diabetes, kidney failure, miscarriage, preterm labor, and even heart disease. Ignoring your dental health can be detrimental to your entire body.
At Hello Family Dental, we understand that many people do not enjoy visiting the dentist for a variety of reasons. At our dental practice, we are committed to putting your oral health and your comfort as our highest priorities. We specialize in sedation dentistry in order to provide stress-free and painless dental experiences. If you or a loved one have a fear of the dentist, a severe gag reflex, or a special limitation that makes it difficult to receive dental care, please contact Hello Family Dental in Suwanee today. We proudly put your needs first.