Don’t Let Apprehension Destroy Your Oral Health

Oct 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Fears, Dental Implants, Fresno General Dentistry, Fresno Geriatric Dentistry, Fresno Sedation Dentistry, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Geriatric Dentistry, Patient Education

fresno_oral_healthThe feeling of uneasiness that accompanies many people to their dentist’s office is not uncommon. In fact, that uneasiness can often be strong enough to prevent some people from making the trip at all. The rationale behind such trepidation is not entirely sound—if you avoid the dentist for fear of having your teeth worked on, then your dental conditions can worsen and eventually need much more invasive treatment, and often more visits to the dentist, to correct them. Nonetheless, dental apprehension is real, and the rate at which oral health declines is often exacerbated by it. In the interest of providing all of our patients with exceptional service for excellent oral health, your Fresno dentists Dr. Alex Denes and Dr. Claudia Denes offer sedation dentistry services to help make your dental visit a more pleasant one.

How Time Can be an Enemy to Oral Health

Many fears and phobias are best overcome with time and a lot patience. While patience is a virtue in most cases, the longer you wait to address dental health issues, the greater the resulting damage that will need to be corrected. The two most common oral health issues, tooth decay and gum disease, begin as bacterial infections. If left unchecked, these infections will steadily and increasingly worsen, until the health of your entire mouth is at risk. To complicate the time and oral health issue, when these infections begin, they rarely exhibit physical discomfort, and their visible symptoms (i.e., softened enamel, inflamed gums, slight gum detachment, etc.) are often hard to notice and can easily go overlooked. Only a regularly scheduled dental checkup and cleaning, which you should attend at least every six months, can increase your chances of early detection and successful treatment.

Sedation Dentistry in Fresno, California

At our Fresno dentist office, we believe that your dental visit should be as comfortable, successful, and stress-free as possible. For our fearful or apprehensive patients, we offer a wide range of sedation dentistry options to help ease your and tension during your treatment. If you have a unique medical condition, we may be able to help you, as well. To learn more about sedation dentistry and whether or not it can help you, make an appointment with your Fresno family dentists by calling Fresno Dental Studio at (559) 297-1800. Located in the 93720 area, we proudly serve patients from Fresno, Clovis, Mendota, Orange Cove, Reedley, Selma, and the surrounding areas.

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  1. […] How to Take the Stress Out of Your Next Dental Procedure It’s common to feel stressed about going…>It’s common to feel stressed about going to the dentist. Most people fear feeling pain, getting bad news, or having to pay for costly dental repairs. However, avoiding the dentist could lead to serious health problems such as cavities, gum disease, and missing teeth. Use the following tips to take the stress out of your next dental appointment, so you can protect your mouth from disease and tooth loss. Talk to Your Dentist If you are nervous about a dental procedure, talk to your dentist about what you can expect. You may be surprised to learn how simple and minimally invasive the procedure will be. Ask your dentist to explain the specifics about what will be done during the procedure, how much pain you can expect to feel, and how long the recovery will take. Since most dental anxiety stems from a fear of the unknown, talking with your dentist may help relieve the stress you feel. Bring Headphones Some people stress when they hear the noise from the dental drill and other equipment. If you want to avoid hearing the unnerving sounds, bring headphones and a music player. Listening to your favorite song or a podcast can help keep your mind off of the dental procedure.   Consider Sedation Dentistry If the above tips don’t provide enough relief from your dental anxiety, talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry. Most dental clinics offer multiple types of sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation. It’s unwise to avoid dental care, so ask your dentist about how he or she can make the procedure less stressful for you.   […]

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