Did you know that an estimated 30-40 million Americans avoid going to the dentist because of dental phobia? That not only makes it difficult for people to have a healthy smile, but also a beautiful smile that they can feel good about. And especially around this time of year, many people want to look their best before the holiday season begins. Unfortunately, for anyone who struggles with dental fear in Marble Falls, their anxiety makes it difficult (if not impossible) to get the results they want. The good news is that the solution to dental phobia is easier than you may have realized. Keep reading to find out how you can get a gorgeous smile this holiday season – without fear!
Why Are the Holidays Such a Great Time To Enhance Your Smile?
With the holidays approaching, you know you’ll be having countless photos taken at every holiday event you attend – many of which will wind up on social media immediately.
And if you’re one of the many people who feel self-conscious about your teeth or avoid having your picture taken altogether, there are many great cosmetic options that can transform your smile in as little as 1-2 appointments.
From simple whitening treatments to porcelain veneers, you can fix the following smile imperfections before the holidays get underway:
- Small or oddly shaped teeth
- Minor gaps or crowding
And you’ll be happy to know that there are multiple sedation options you can choose from to help you get through any procedure comfortably.
How Can Sedation Dentistry Help You Achieve a Beautiful Smile?
With conscious sedation dentistry, you’ll remain aware of what’s happening around you – minus any fear, anxiety or nerves. There are two main choices:
- Oral Sedation – This is a prescription medication that you’ll take by mouth prior to your visit. In addition to making you feel completely calm and relaxed, many patients also have no memory whatsoever of their dental work afterward. However, since the effects can last several hours, you’re required to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
- Nitrous Oxide – Also known as “laughing gas”, this is an odorless gas that you’ll breathe through a comfortable nosepiece during your treatment. While you’ll still get effective relief from your anxiety, you’ll be back to normal within a few minutes of being finished and can drive yourself home.
With one of these sedation options, you can feel great about showing off your smile this holiday season, without the paralyzing fear that you’ve had in the past!
About the Author
Dr. Greg Ritchie is an award-winning sedation dentist in Marble Falls who is passionate about providing high-quality dental care in a comfortable setting. With nearly 20 years of experience and a reassuring chairside manner, he can help even the most fearful dental patients get the care they need. If you would like more information about how sedation dentistry can help you, he can be reached via his website or at (830) 693-8833.