One of the most common fears in the world is that of going to the dentist. It’s right up there with death, spiders, and public speaking as the things people fear most.
But where does this fear come from?
For many, it is the fear of pain, which is based on outdated notions of what dentistry is. Modern dentistry can be virtually painless, yet many people still hang on to inaccurate ideas about dental practices and avoid coming to the dentist.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we want to help you move past these untrue and unhealthy fears about dental work. Here in Orlando, we provide sedation dentistry in a warm and welcoming environment, so that you can get the dental care you need without worry or fear.
Don’t Be Afraid of Your Dentist
Avoiding the dentist out of fear or anxiety is not only bad for your teeth, it is bad for your health overall. Relatively small problems, like cavities, can become big problems if they are not treated in a timely manner. Even skipping something as simple as a cleaning can will increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay or gum disease, or both!
Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to more serious issues, like tooth loss and infection. Tooth loss affects what you can eat, as well as how you look, and an infection can spread throughout your mouth and the rest of your body, where it becomes a very serious threat to your health.
Professional dental cleanings and examinations help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, with regular visits to our office for checkups, along with a healthy home dental care routine, there is a good chance you may never have any major dental problems.
Although some anxiety about dental visits is natural and very common, if you do not overcome your fears, you will be putting yourself at risk for illness and poor health.
Thankfully, at Overmeyer Family Dental, we have a solution: Nitrous Oxide Sedation.
Calms Your Nerves
Not all fears and anxiety about dental visits are irrational. It makes sense to be nervous in a dental chair. You have to stay still for an extended period of time, with your mouth wide open, while someone shines a bright light in your eyes and pokes around inside your mouth. Even a simple cleaning and examination can be stressful under those circumstances.
That is why dental sedation is not just for people with severe dental anxiety or phobia. Here at Overmeyer Family Dental, we want everyone who visits our Orlando office to have a pleasant experience. With dental sedation you can relax while we work on giving you the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve.
Tension Causes Pain
Sometimes you may experience pain after dental work that is not directly related to the actual procedure. Even if you aren’t particularly afraid of the dentist, you may be tensing up during your procedure. Tension, especially when it is sustained over a period of time, can cause pain and discomfort. Sometimes you may experience a dull headache that can even last into the next day. Muscle soreness and general exhaustion could also be the result of tension during a dental procedure.
You probably know it as “laughing gas”, although that is a bit of a misnomer. Nitrous Oxide does not induce hysteria, as often depicted on television. Rather, it puts you into a state of relaxation some describe as euphoric. This form of sedation is mixed with oxygen and delivered continuously throughout your procedure. The level of sedation you receive is adjusted by us, depending on your level of anxiety.
Nitrous oxide will not put you under. You will stay completely conscious and mostly alert. You will simply be at ease. This state of relaxation will prevent tension from causing you pain and discomfort after the procedure. It will also help you to lie still for extended periods of time, which is necessary for many dental procedure.
There is no longer any reason to avoid the dentist. Even if it has been years since your last checkup, it is not too late to get your teeth healthy and bright. Come in to Overmeyer Family Dental and let us put your mind at ease. Our caring and friendly staff will make you comfortable, so that your experience at our Orlando office is a pleasant one from the time you come through the door, until the time you leave.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.