Does the thought of visiting the dentist fill you with dread? If so, you could be one of 15% of the U.S. population with anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist. Being scared of going to the dentist is a well-known cliché, but for those people who suffer from it, it can be a debilitating problem that prevents them from getting the support with their oral health that they need to enjoy an attractive smile and good general health and wellbeing.

If this sounds like you, then chances are that you are already concerned about the condition of your teeth and oral health. How long has it been since you last visited your dentist? A year? Two years? Maybe more? During that time, you may have started to develop issues such as bad breath, toothache, discolored teeth or receding gums. You may even have lost a tooth or two. Many people who live with fear of the dentist would rather avoid eating certain foods, take pain medication and suffer the consequences than see their dentist. But many of these people don’t know that it is now far easier to get the oral health support that they need without stress and anxiety, thanks to sedation dentistry.