Have you ever dreaded going to the dentist? Many Americans don’t look forward to visiting the dentist for a myriad of reasons. According to a survey done by British Dental Health Foundation, it is estimated that about 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of fear and anxiety. That’s about 30 to 40 million people! By taking care of your oral health, you are taking care of your overall health. Letting oral problems get out of hand can lead to bigger health problems such as heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. However, going to the dentist doesn’t have to be avoided. Most dental procedures are painless and relatively quick. Especially if you find an Idaho Falls dental clinic you can trust.
Be in The Know
Being able to trust your dentist and feel comfortable is a big help when it comes to not avoiding your checkups. It’s recommended to have a dental cleaning every six months, or if you have gum disease, every three months. By regularly seeing your dentist you could catch any problems early on and get a treatment plan going to get you back on track. Picking a dentist may seem like a daunting process but if you take the steps and do the proper research, you can find the perfect Idaho Falls dentist for you. Probably one of the most important things to check is if the dental clinic accepts your dental insurance. If you don’t have insurance, many offices offer payment or savings plans. The next thing you should look into is if the dentist office offers the services you specifically need. Across the board, most (if not all) dental clinics offer the basic services such as cleanings, x-rays and fillings. Other services you could potentially need are:
Another few important aspects to consider are the office itself, the staff and the actual dentists. Call into the office and see if you could take a tour of the facility. While you are in the office you can look at the cleanliness, talk to the staff and check out the equipment. It’s a good idea to write a list of any questions you have and take it with you to be sure you remember everything you need to know. A few questions you could ask are:
- Is my insurance accepted?
- What services do you offer?
- What’s the average wait time?
- What’s the typical time spent in office?
- How up to date is the equipment?
- What are the dentist’s credentials?
Getting to know your specific dentist can help you trust them and be more comfortable. If you have any dental anxiety, knowing your dentist can help ease that anxiety. Different dentists have different qualifications. Depending on what kind of specific services you need could help determine which dentist you will need to see. Some specialize in extra dental areas other than the basics. Your Idaho Falls dentist may offer some services that may not be offered elsewhere. Some of those services could include:
You should consider sedation dentistry if you are one of the individuals who have dental anxiety, difficulty getting numb, a bad gag reflex, sensitive teeth or complex dental problems. Also, if you have a fear of needles and shots, are embarrassed by your teeth or just hate the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care, sedation dentistry could be the right fit for you. So, what exactly is sedation dentistry and what does it involve? You will take a pill; no needle insertion is necessary! After taking the pill you will relax for up to five or six hours. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment. This is a very safe and monitored process. Someone will be with you throughout the entire process and your vitals will also be monitored to ensure you safety and comfort. Often times some complex dental treatments that could require multiple visits could be done in as little as one while you are under sedation. You remain conscious throughout the process so you can communicate with the staff. However, you will have little or no memory of the experience.
Know the Process
Going into your dentist appointment knowing what to expect is another way you could ease your dental anxiety. As stated before, it’s recommended to get a cleaning every six months, or every three, if you have gum disease. No matter what Idaho Falls dentist you choose, the cleaning process is very similar wherever you go. If it’s your first time seeing this specific dentist they will have you fill out new patient forms to get a full record of your oral and health history. Remember if your health changes between visits to let your provider know.
Depending on your insurance, the first step will be to take x-rays of your mouth. X-rays will help show any internal problems that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Things such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts and damage to the jawbones can be seen on an x-ray. The next step is to have a full cleaning. The cleaning process is done by a dental hygienist. The dental hygienist will use a tool to scrape any plaque and tartar buildup. If plaque is left too long on your teeth it can harden into tartar, and tartar should only be removed by a professional. Do not attempt to use any sharp tools on your teeth yourself. Then the dental hygienist will polish your teeth using an electric toothbrush and gritty paste. Many offices offer different paste flavors you can choose from! After a polish and rinse, flossing your teeth is next. The final step of the cleaning is a fluoride treatment. According to Healthline, fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent cavities and build strong teeth. Fluoride helps support healthy tooth enamel and fight bacteria. It is usually administered in a foam or gel format using a mouthpiece.
After the cleaning process from the dental hygienist, your dentist will come in next. The dentist will examine your x-rays and your mouth to look for diseases or any other problems. This is the time for you to ask any questions or address any concerns you have. Again, making a list before you go is a helpful tip to remember everything you need to know. If there are any concerns from the dentist, they will go over treatment options and get you scheduled to get it all taken care of. If there are no concerns, pat yourself on your back! Then don’t forget to schedule your next cleaning for six months out.
Oral health is very important. Don’t be afraid to tell your dentist if you have dental anxiety. Being up front with them will allow them to provide you with proper treatment that puts you at ease. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day for two minutes and stay on top of your dental visits. If you want a dentist you can know and trust with your oral care, Contact Us Here today to take care of all your oral needs.