Fear of painful dental treatment is the reason many people do not bother to see a dentist. They believe that going to a clinic is not safe or they simply can’t handle the discomfort. The big question is: can patients overcome their fear of pain?
According to estimates, between 5 to 8 percent of Americans avoid dentists out of fear. Researchers also see a higher percentage, about 20 percent experiences anxiety that they will schedule a dental checkup only when absolutely necessary. As WebMD explains it: “About two-thirds of them relate their fear to a bad experience in the dentist’s office. Another third have other issues for which fear of dentists can be an unpleasant side effect, such as various mood or anxiety disorders, substance abuse, or posttraumatic stress experienced by war veterans, victims of domestic violence, and victims of childhood sexual abuse.”
Anesthesia’s Role in Dental Care
Dental fears are no longer a big problem. The development of pain medications and anesthesia has made it all possible. As the dental industry continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of patients, considering clinical anesthesia is one step that many dental practices are exploring.
People in the industry explain that this method is effective in reducing the discomfort of any dental treatment. They are also effective in relieving pain or itching outside the mouth. Topical anesthetics are available in gel, ointment or liquid.
– Commonly used by many dental practices, general anesthesia is a good option for those who fear seeing what the dentists do. This technique puts the patient to sleep for the duration of the procedure. If someone is unconscious, he cannot respond to touch or sound.
With all of this information, both patients and dentists can determine which anxiety-relieving or pain-reducing approach may be the best option.