How Sedation Dentistry Helps Adults With Newly Developed Dental Anxiety

Dental care is often one of the toughest types of treatment for some people to tolerate. The potential fear that may develop in some can be intense, even for adults who didn't experience such anxiety as a child. This new dental fear may require the help of sedation dentistry to properly manage. 

Even Adults Get Dental Anxiety

As children, many people fear the dentist or struggle to feel comfortable. However, there are also people who, for whatever reason, don't fear the dentist as a child but develop a phobia later in life. The exact causes of these sudden fears is often hard to diagnose or figure out, because anxiety is an unpredictable problem. However, there are a few problems that could make this anxiety worse.

For example, a bad dental bridge installation could make a person afraid to get a similar procedure again. Or they may feel pain more intensely now, or maybe they only got through their dentist visits as a kid through the help of their parents. No matter the situation, it can be very hard to overcome this problem without the help of techniques such as sedation dentistry.

How Sedation Dentistry Helps

Adults who develop a phobia of the dentist out of nowhere may want to consider sedation dentistry to help alleviate their fears. This treatment method is something like exposure therapy for phobias and other types of anxieties. Exposure therapy works by placing a person gradually closer to something that makes them afraid. As they increase their exposure to it, they experience lower levels of anxiety.

Sedation dentistry would be a good way to start this process because it could expose a person to the dentist's office but allow them to sleep during the procedure. In this way, they could wake up after the procedure was over and experience none of the anxiety. Then, as they grow more confident with their ability to face their dental fears, they could try less sedation and finally use none at all.

Of course, sedation dentistry is also a good choice for those who not only have dental fear but also a lower tolerance for pain. Rather than experiencing the emotional difficulties common with dental pain, they can sleep through it and wake up with only minimal pain after they're done. As a result, it is a good idea to talk to dentists who use sedation dentistry techniques to learn more about how they can help.