Over a quarter of adults admit to having a fear of the dentist. This fear is also considered to be very stable, meaning it’s not a phobia that is easily overcome. If you are overly anxious at the dentist, you may be avoiding treatment entirely. This can cause gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath and other oral issues that can lead to tooth loss and other problems. Sleep dentistry, sometimes called sedation dentistry, can help you get the dental care you need. The benefits of this treatment option cannot be understated.
A Cessation or Reduction in Digestion Issues
Chewing is the first step of digestion, yet this can be hard to do if you have damaged teeth. You may be avoiding fibrous foods like fresh fruits and veggies because they’re harder to chew, choosing softer, processed foods instead. This can lead to issues like indigestion and constipation, in addition to weight gain if you are not watching your calorie intake carefully. By having proper dental care, you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods and may note better digestion as a result.
Elimination of Toothaches
Having a toothache is terrible. Not only is it uncomfortable, but you may note you’re producing a lot more saliva and drooling in your sleep as well. If you have a broken tooth, you may even suffer an infection, which is very uncomfortable and may require antibiotics. If you are tired of toothaches, receiving sleep dentistry can fix the cause of the discomfort for good.
Better Breath and More Confidence
Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily at home, it can be difficult to reach all the nooks and crannies in your mouth. This can lead to decay, but it can also lead to bad breath. Routine cleanings scrape off the plaque that is sometimes responsible for bad breath.
A Dazzling Smile
Even if you take very good care of your teeth at home, stains still need to be polished away in order to keep your teeth white. If you cannot bring yourself to sit through a routine cleaning and polishing due to anxiety, your teeth may have a decidedly dingy cast to them. Sedation dentistry can give you back your pearly whites.
If you or someone you love is very nervous at the dentist’s office or is avoiding dental care altogether, it may be time to think about sleep dentistry. Feel free to get in touch with us at Cascades Center for Dental Health to learn more. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment at our office in Sterling, VA!