Keeping Anxious Dental Patients Calm

Older Man SmileDental phobias are one thing, but if you are slightly nervous about going to the dentist, you may be able to turn things around with an attitude change. Approximately 20 percent of Americans suffer from some form of dental nerves severe enough to prompt them to put off their preventive dental care. Our mental health is complex and can be charted on a spectrum. It’s unlikely that any of us have a completely balanced mental compass. If you have anxiety regarding any type of dental work, it’s important that you do what you can to keep up with regular dental cleanings and exams. Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong may be able to get you in the right frame of mind. If your nerves require more than an attitude change, we can help with that too.

The Importance of Prevention

Preventive care is a beautiful thing. By keeping up with your six month cleanings and checkups, you will be protecting yourself from the onset of severe oral health conditions. Not only will infectious plaque and tartar buildup be removed from your teeth, but you’ll also have a much better chance of early diagnosis of periodontal disease, oral cancer, and oral HPV. To drive home how important this is, remember that your oral health has a huge impact on your overall health. We call this oral systemic health, and you could potentially stave off life threatening diseases, heart attacks, and strokes by being proactive with dental care.

Taking the Edge Off

If your dental fear goes beyond a few unpleasant butterflies, you can still keep up with preventive care. How? Fortunately, there are several types of sedation. Nitrous oxide is simple, works fast, and wears off quickly with very few (if any) side effects. Oral sedation offers a higher level of sedation for patients who have more of a severe phobia. In cases where several invasive procedures are necessary, full sedation can help keep a patient remain still, calm, and comfortable.

Visit your Polk City Dentist

To schedule an appointment online or call Cornerstone Dental , you can reach our team at (515) 984-6001. We welcome patients from Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.