October 28, 2016
Dentistry is about helping you have healthy and beautiful teeth and gums. For a lot of people, though, it’s also about anxiety. Dental anxiety is a real problem. It can prevent you from getting the dental treatments you both need and deserve. But why? Why do some people have no problem with going to the dentist while others experience anxiety?
Causes Of Dental Anxiety
Here are several causes of dental anxiety and how sedation dentistry from our dentist in Kansas City, MO can help.
You feel a lack of control at the dentist’s office.
Parents, managers, and people with similar roles carry a lot of responsibilities. You have to make plenty of decisions each day. As the years pass by, you get used to those responsibilities and decisions. It becomes normal for you to be in charge. But when you go to a dentist, things are very different. You’re not in charge anymore. In fact, you have to lie back and do nothing while the dental team at our Kansas City, MO dental office works on your teeth and gums. That can be disconcerting and create anxiety.
To help with that, you can opt for dental sedation. Nitrous oxide and oral medication can both induce a deep, relaxed feeling. Instead of trying to deal with being out of control, you’ll be happy to sit back and relax.
You’ve heard stories about bad experiences at another dentist’s office.
Stories are powerful. Hear the right story about a company, and you’ll work hard to get hired there. Hear the wrong story, and you’ll never apply for any openings even if the pay is good. That’s because we use stories and reports to help determine what to do next. If you watched a movie or talked to someone with a bad experience at a dentist’s office, you can easily expect a bad experience on your own — even if there’s no proof or evidence that it would happen to you.
At our Kansas City, MO dental office, you can get sedation to move past those stories. Instead of wondering if they’ll happen to you, you’ll be comfortable and relaxed throughout your appointment.
You are the one with the bad experience at another dentist’s office.
Perhaps the story that bothers you is your own. This is especially true for when we were children. Some people just do not work well with kids. You may have gone to another dentist years ago and they treated you poorly. Maybe you had a treatment like a tooth extraction or tooth filling and the local anesthesia was not used properly. In the end, why does not really matter. You still feel anxiety and worry when thinking about visiting any dentist now.
That’s where sedation dentistry can really help. Whether it’s nitrous oxide, oral medication, or IV sedation, dental sedation can remove your negative feelings. Instead, you’re happy to be there and get the needed treatments. Plus, this can help retrain your brain. The more often you have positive experiences at our Kansas City, MO dental office, the more you’ll come to see them positively.
You don’t know what’s wrong with your teeth — or how expensive it will be to fix.
Fear of the unknown can be very powerful. Sure, you know a few things about teeth and gums. However, you probably do not have training in dentistry. When you feel a slight toothache, is that a cavity? Will you need a simple dental filling, or is it a serious problem needing a root canal or tooth extraction? You don’t know until our team has had a chance to thoroughly examine your teeth. Plus, the cost is unknown until you know what’s specifically wrong.
To help get past both, our team always takes the time to explain our dental exam results. You’ll know what’s wrong and what options you have for treatment. And if the cost is a concern, we work with CareCredit. This company offers low- or even zero-interest financing just to cover the costs of dental treatments.
You haven’t been to a dentist in a long time and do not want a lecture.
You know that you need to visit the dentist every six months. But it’s easy to lose track of time. You had to skip one appointment because of work, and you forgot to reschedule. The next thing you know, it’s been years since you last had your teeth cleaned and examined. You could have anxiety wondering how we will react.
Our goal is to help you — that’s it. You will never receive a lecture at our Kansas City, MO dental office. Instead, you’ll simply get treatments to help your teeth and advice on how to stay healthy. That’s it.
Don’t let dental anxiety stop you from getting needed dental treatments. Call us today at 816-399-5539 for more information about sedation dentistry.