There are a number of reasons why people are unable to seek dental treatment. Limited resources can be an issue, since a number of health insurance plans don’t cover dental procedures. People also typically need to take out a separate insurance policy for dental emergencies. They may have other expenses that they feel they need to prioritize, such as rent, food and utilities. They may also not have time to set dental appointments. This is often the case with those who are raising children, as well as those who work two jobs or more.
Another reason is dental anxiety. While some people have the time and resources to receive dental treatment, too much anxiety can prevent them from doing so. This anxiety may be the result of a negative past experience with dentistry. Anxiety can cause people to delay treatment which in turn leads to dire consequences because it enables dental problems to worsen and necessitate more complex procedures.
40% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. 2 out of 10 will only see a dentist if they feel that it’s “absolutely necessary”. Very few people undergo preventive dental care, which circumvents dental issues. Unfortunately, if dental problems are left untreated, they worsen over time and would then require procedures that are more expensive and complex.
If you have frequent bouts of dental anxiety, ask your Lincroft dentist about sedation dentistry. This practice involves the use of sedative drugs in order to calm a patient down before treatment.
Sedation dentistry puts patients in a state of deep relaxation. It can also alleviate discomfort and make patients feel at ease in the dentist’s office.
Sedation dentistry allows patients to seek timely dental treatment even when they feel anxiety. It helps them overcome their anxiety. For more information about sedation dentistry, contact your Lincroft dentist at 732-352-3903.