Everyone knows the importance of taking care of your body so that you can live a long and healthy life. Eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep are all regular recommendations to keep your body fit and avoid sickness. However, many people do not realize that your oral health also plays a significant role in your overall physical health. Healthy teeth and gums are important throughout your life, particularly for eating and speaking, and like the rest of your body, if you do not take care of your teeth and gums you may experience serious consequences.
Your teeth and gums come into contact constantly with different food and drinks, which means that they become dirty very quickly throughout your day to day activities. Brushing your teeth twice a day is only the first step to cleaning your teeth, however, because a toothbrush cannot remove all of the plaque that accumulates on your teeth.
You must visit a dentist regularly for routine teeth cleanings, to ensure that your teeth and gums remain strong and healthy for the rest of your life. Most dentists recommend a cleaning every six months and sometimes more frequently, depending on the health of your teeth overall. Nevertheless, in 2017 only 64% of people between the ages of 18 and 64 visited the dentist. One of the reasons that many people do not visit a dentist regularly is an extreme fear of the dentist, called dental anxiety.
If you struggle with dental anxiety, which has prevented you from taking care of your teeth and gums, Babylon Dental Care can help you get the oral health care you need. Babylon Dental Care offers sedation dentistry, which will help you remain relaxed during any dental procedure that you may require. To make a dental appointment with Babylon Dental Care call us today at (631) 983-6665
How Sedation Dentistry Reduces Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is a very common experience across the United States. Between nine and 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear surrounding the experience. This anxiety may stem from a general fear of doctors, fear of pain or injections, feeling embarrassed about your teeth, a previous bad dental experience, or even discomfort from the sounds and smells at dental offices. Dentists across the United States understand these fears that many of their patients face, and they are working hard to find solutions to help anxious patients, so they can receive necessary dental care.
If you experience dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is the best option available to help you overcome your fear. You can request several different kinds of sedation, depending on the severity of your anxiety. Some of the most common sedation options include:
- Minimal inhaled sedation – using laughing gas to relax your body
- Oral sedation – a pill taken before your procedure to make you drowsy
- IV sedation – a deep form of sedation which the dentist can adjust as needed
- General anesthesia – total sedation when keeps you unconscious during the procedure
Not only will sedation dentistry reduce your anxiety during your dental appointment, but this relaxed procedure may also help reduce your overall level of fear surrounding going to the dentist. Avoiding the dentist can cause serious health problems, but with the help of sedation dentistry, you can ensure the health of your teeth without experiencing fear or panic.
Why Choose Babylon Dental Care?
The dentistry team at Babylon Dental Care understands that many of our patients have dental anxiety, and we are dedicated to helping you receive dental care in a comforting environment. Through sedation dentistry and our positive work environment, we are ready to help you relax and stay calm throughout your appointment.
We are prepared to offer you high-quality dental work, while also providing personalized service, so that you feel comfortable with each member of our dental team. Babylon Dental Care will treat you like family and do everything in our power to make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for throughout your appointment.
Dental anxiety should not prevent you from receiving the dental care that you need and deserve, and we are prepared to work with you to find the solution that fits your needs.
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
Visiting a dentist every six months is essential to ensuring the health of your teeth and gums, so that they will remain strong for the rest of your life. A dental hygienist cleans your teeth more thoroughly than you can at home, by removing plaque build-up through a process called scaling. Additionally, routine dental appointments offer your dentist the ability to identify and treat problems with your teeth such as:
- Cracks in teeth, fillings, or crowns
- Chipped teeth
- Gum disease called Gingivitis
- Oral pain
- Cold sensitivity
- Grinding or clenching
- Impacted teeth
Avoiding the dentist and routine dental cleanings not only impacts the health of your teeth and gums, but it can also cause serious medical problems throughout your body. Problems which may start out small and localized in your mouth, can allow bacteria and disease to grow and eventually spread to other parts of your body if left untreated. Some of the possible health problems, which result from poor oral health include:
- Infection which can travel to your bones called Periodontitis
- Bacteria which travels to the valves of your heart called Endocarditis
- Abscesses under the gums
- Oral cancer
- Cardiovascular disease as a result of untreated inflammation and infection
At routine dental appointments, the dentist will help you prevent these health problems, through a thorough cleaning. Additionally, they will be able to identify any possible problems quickly, so that you can receive adequate treatment. For many diseases of the mouth, especially oral cancer, early identification is the key to a full recovery.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have avoided visiting the dentist because of dental anxiety, or if you find visiting the dentist unpleasant and stressful, you could benefit from sedation dentistry. Babylon Dental Care is skilled in performing sedation dentistry, and we can help you understand the sedation option that is right for you. Our team will work with you to help you feel comfortable and make sure that your experience is as pleasant as possible. Contact Babylon Dental Care today at (631) 983-6665 to make an appointment and discuss sedation dentistry.