Are you ready to give your smile a fresh start?
It’s a simple enough question and certainly a relevant one as we welcome spring.
But if you have dental fear, the answer is not at all a simple one.
The good news is that we can help.
Our team at Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA wants to talk to you about the effects of fear on your oral health and how our sedation dentistry options can help you get a fresh start this spring!
How Fear Makes Your Mouth Unhealthy
Fear is so powerful.
It’s our body’s internal survival mechanism and can help us avoid danger, which is wonderful!
But fear has equally negative power to keep us from doing certain things that may be scary but are necessary to protect our health.
It’s what keeps many people from going to the doctor.
It’s also what keeps millions of people from going to the dentist.
Dental anxiety is the kind of fear that makes you cancel routine appointments or avoid scheduling them in the first place.
Once or twice is not a big deal. But skipping out on professional dental check-ups is a big deal, and it poses a huge threat to your oral and overall health.
Brushing and flossing at home, you may tell yourself, is good enough.
But the fact is only a professional hygienist has the tools to remove hardened tartar from your teeth. If you let tartar buildup remain in your mouth, you’re increasing your risk for gum disease and the dangerous health problems that come with it!
Fortunately, there is a way to let go of the dental fear that’s kept your mouth unhealthy, and that’s sedation dentistry.
*Let Oral Sedation Work For You*
Deciding which sedation method is right for you all depends on the type of treatment you need and how fearful you are about the procedure.
Dr. Finley will take his time to answer your questions and talk about your options in more detail during your appointment.
For now, we’ll just give you an introduction to how we use sedation here in Monroe, LA.
*For Mild – Moderate Nervousness*
If you come in for a relatively simple restorative procedure such as a dental filling, for example, you may not be so scared about it that you cancel your appointment.
Yet, you still are physically affected by the thought of treatment perhaps with slight nervousness, sweaty palms, or butterflies.
For a scenario like this, you may do well with laughing gas, a mild form of sedation that is great at taking the edge off and helping your body and mind relax.
*For A Longer Procedure And/Or More Intense Anxiety*
If you needed a more complicated, longer procedure such as a root canal or dental restoration, coupled with a more intense fear of treatment, oral sedation is a great option.
We would give you a pill to take prior to your procedure so you have time to let the medicine do its job in helping you get into a deeper state of relaxation.
This method won’t put you to sleep, but it can bring you to the edge of sleep where you can get dental treatment without feeling a care in the world!
Oral sedation is incredibly effective and has helped many of our patients build confidence and restore their oral health.
*Let Us Make You Comfortable*
We work hard to provide a relaxing environment for our patients. That means making you feel welcome from the moment you enter our dental office.
It also means treating you like part of our family, something that comes naturally to our warm, genuine staff. We love seeing you at your appointments, and you’ll feel that shine through when you’re here.
Along with that, we try to provide you with pleasant distractions while you receive dental treatment. Our chairs are cozy and comfortable, perfect for leaning back and listening to soothing music or watching a movie while we work.
Dr. Finley has also invested in innovative, advanced technology that allows us to provide a variety of treatments that are far more stress-free and pain-free than you’re probably used to!
Between our sedation options and our calm, comfortable atmosphere, we’re confident that you will be able to overcome dental anxiety for good.
Make An Appointment
It’s hard to believe that spring is already here!
Each year seems to fly by faster than the one before, which is just one more reason to get back to the dentist office now.
You keep putting off a dental appointment thinking that their will be time for that later. You tell yourself you’ll go back for a cleaning and exam eventually, but right now, you’re just not ready.
The longer you let yourself remain stuck in Someday City, the more you put your health at risk. That’s not meant to sound like some sort of scare tactic.
It’s coming from a place of concern and compassion.
Dr. Finley and our staff want you to be safe from the harmful effects of gum disease, and we’ve seen too many patients suffer a long journey back to better oral health simply because of fear.
What patients tell us over and over is that they didn’t realize how far dentistry had come and that they wish they’d faced their dental anxiety sooner.
Time goes by too fast and life is too short to settle for an unhealthy smile when help is only a phone call away!
We’ll go out of our way to help you feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed when you visit us. From your very first visit back to the dentist office, you’ll begin to see how much easier treatment can be with help from oral sedation. Eventually, you’ll become confident enough to put dental fear behind you and start enjoying a healthier, happier life.