Some people don’t look forward to dental appointments any more than they look forward to visits to a physician. Although most dental procedures aren’t painful, just being examined can be stressful. A certain amount of anxiety about going to the dentist is considered normal. But for those with a true dental phobia, even the thought of going to the dentist is downright terrifying! They may be so frightened, in fact, that they’ll do almost anything to avoid a dental visit.
Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common, estimated to affect 9-15% of Americans. This means as many as 30 to 40 million people in the U.S. avoid seeing the dentist because of fear and anxiety. This number may be even higher in other countries.
A phobia is an intense fear of a specific activity, object or situation. Those with a dental phobia may put off routine care for years, or even decades. Rather than make an appointment, they’ll endure gum infections (periodontal disease), pain or even broken and unsightly teeth.
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Dr. Angart and our staff are here to make you comfortable. Sedation Dentistry is an excellent option for those patients that may have fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist.While some people seek specific procedures like wisdom teeth for sedation, it is available for any dental procedure. There are several sedation options available to help alleviate dental anxiety. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angart to review the best options for your dental needs.
Dr. Angart is licensed and certified to administer:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral sedatives
- Mild sedation
- Deep Sedation (Conscious Sedation)
Dr. Angart is certified in all aspects of performing the above forms of anesthesia. For cases of deep sedation, Dr. Angart is assisted by our dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Phillips.