July 17, 2017
July is when we get to celebrate our country’s independence, and our team at Lapalco Family Dental is giving you another reason to celebrate!
We want you to finally free yourself from the fear and anxiety that’s been keeping you out of the dentist’s chair for too long. Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety to the extent that it compromises their oral and overall health. With all the advances in dentistry over the last few decades, there just isn’t a good reason to let that fear hold your health hostage anymore.
That’s why today’s blog is dedicated to answering a couple of the most common questions patients have about dental anxiety and how you can overcome it.
Question #1: If I’m not in pain, why does it matter if I skip routine dental checkups?
This is perfectly reasonable question and one that we hear quite a bit. One of the reasons you should never skip dental cleanings and exams is that not every dental problem comes with noticeable symptoms like pain and discomfort.
A great example of this is gum disease. This is an insidious infection that can sneak up on you. There are three main stages of gum disease, the earliest of which is gingivitis. It can take many years for the disease to advance to its most serious stage, and by then, you’re at serious risk for overall health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, not to mention tooth loss.
Gum disease can come with various symptoms like red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. But unfortunately, there are some cases where a person with gum disease won’t show any symptoms at all. That’s why you need to have your teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned and examined by a professional on a regular basis.
With prevention and early detection, you can ultimately save your teeth, save your smile, and save your life.
Question #2: How can I get over my intense fear of the dentist?
Once you understand the importance of regular dental checkups, your next question almost always centers around how you can go about making that first step toward conquering your fears.
It’s actually so much easier than most people realize. Dentistry has come so far thanks to modern technology. Many procedures that were painful in the past simply aren’t painful anymore. The tools and techniques Dr. Landry uses here in our Marrero dental office allow us to provide a far more comfortable experience in the dentist’s chair than you’ve probably had in years past.
But it’s not just the technology that’s changed the face of dentistry. Now, you can rely on sedation options to help you feel calm and relaxed while you receive treatment. Although we do offer nitrous oxide, which has been a widely popular method for many years, our options in oral sedation have been incredibly effective in helping patients conquer their dental anxiety.
With oral sedation, you can take a pill prior to your procedure that will allow you to get and stay comfortable throughout your treatment. Even though you’re awake and aware of what’s happening, the medicine takes the edge off and helps you feel completely relaxed. Sedation gives you the courage to get the dental care you need to keep your teeth, gums, and smile as healthy and beautiful as possible.
Now it’s our turn to ask the questions! Are you ready to break free from your dental anxiety so you can get and stay healthy? With our technology, our gentle, patient-centered approach, and our sedation options, you have absolutely no reason to fear our team of caring professionals!