The Good and Bad of Online Dental Message BoardsFriday, August 17th, 2012, 4:04 pm
Online message boards are a source of both good and bad information. Dental message boards are especially interesting. Many people seem to be venting about how horrible their dental experience was but as you read further you discover that most things they experience seem to be horrible… sense a pattern in their lives? Other folks offer kind advice that is not always accurate. This gentleman posted:
I didn’t go the dentist for about 20 years. Complete scaredy cat.I’d brush the suckers but i didn’t go until the wife nagged at me and somehow my mouth said yes. Well i go regularly now, i’ve had my wisdom teeth out, a root canal, some fillings and a crown. It still scares me a bit but almost none of has been bad. The fear has been the worst part. My root canal was almost completely painless. It was nothing. The fillings, meh, no big deal. Amazing.
Thank goodness his wife nagged him to schedule a dental visit and he discovered how easy and comfortable modern dental care can be. It is a shame he avoided care for 20 years because of fear – he didn’t know about sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool for patients who experience anxiety about dental office visits. Patients can get the care that they need, including preventative care like cleanings, without feeling anxious or fearful. There are various levels of sedation available. Some patients just need to take the “edge” off their anxiety with nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Others may require oral conscious sedation which creates a deep state of relaxation amnesia and for patients with extreme dental phobia we can even perform treatment using IV sedation which allows us to repair years of neglect in just one visit.
Many patients discover that once they form a trusting relationship with their dentist, like the gentleman who posted on the message board, that they no longer fear going to the dentist. They discover that treatment isn’t as uncomfortable or painful as they thought it might be and as he said meh, no big deal.
Find out more about your sedation dentistry options today by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439. You can have a healthy smile in our comfortable, caring environment.
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