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Dental Anxiety and Its Long-Term Consequences

October 31, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Lawrence Michnick
Dental Anxiety | Dentist Ocean City MD

You might feel silly for having dental anxiety, but it is a real condition that millions of Americans experience. Sometimes those fears can be traced to an unpleasant childhood event, a fear of pain, or seemingly develop out of nowhere.

At Atlantic Dental, we are accustomed to helping patients overcome their dental fears so they can have the dental care they need to stay healthy.

Here are some of the consequences of avoiding the dental office for any reason, including unmanaged anxiety.

Small Problems become Big Ones

What could have been solved with a simple procedure will eventually become a serious problem if you ignore it. Dental conditions don’t heal on their own and often, by the time pain develops, it’s too late for a simple solution. Tooth loss is a real risk and so are complications with other medical conditions.

Gum Disease – A Silent Epidemic

According to the CDC, more than 50% of adult Americans have some level of gum disease. The numbers go up with age. What many people don’t know is that gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can have a negative impact on the heart, lungs, and brain. Women who have gum disease during pregnancy run a greater risk for pre-term delivery.

Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath is no joke and can hold you back socially and professionally. Bad breath caused by gum disease had a distinct odor caused by bacteria. Mints and gums cannot solve the problem and do a poor job of masking unpleasant mouth odors.

Reduced Self-Esteem

When teeth develop heavy tartar, they can appear yellow and dark. Decay causes pitting and eats away at the teeth. Avoiding the dentist eventually leads to a smile breakdown. Most people who have avoided the dentist for long periods of time express their regret that they didn’t come to us sooner.

Ask For Dental Sedation At Your Next Visit

Not only do we have gentle, experienced dentists who truly care about our patients, our clinical staff puts even the most anxious patients at ease. For patients who need help relaxing, we offer sedation dentistry, commonly called laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide will help relax you completely during your procedure. Don't let your fear of the dental chair to cause neglect to your oral health. Your Atlantic Dental family is here to help!

For more information about sedation dentistry in Ocean City, give our Atlantic Dental team a call! We can help you enjoy stress-free dentistry. 

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