It is a common trope in movies and television shows that a character will be deathly afraid to visit the dentist. This is a fear that is often mimicked in real life since it is estimated that between 30 and 40 million Americans regularly avoid dental exams out of fear or anxiety. Regular dental exams are crucial in maintaining good oral health since any problem that is detected early enough can easily be treated. People who do not see their dentist often are at a higher risk of developing gum disease which can lead to other serious conditions like heart disease and stroke. Anyone who has not had a dental exam in a while should talk to our dentist about sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry helps patients calm their fears about seeing the dentist, and it helps them relax during the procedure. There are many advanced forms of sedation dentistry that patients can choose from including oral, nasal, or intravenous. Other reasons why someone may choose to opt for sedation dentistry are that they have an overactive gag reflex, or they suffer from TMJ or other pain disorders.
Sedation dentistry is very safe, and our dentist in Los Angeles will be there to help you during your dental exam. If you would like to learn more about sedation or if you would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.