Psychology researchers from West Virginia University have found that anxiety and fear related to dental care can be genetically inherited from parents. These findings are one of the first of their kind as previous insights have found links predominately to environmental factors. Data collected by the Center for Oral Health Research from a large group of participants was used to reach these conclusions that the scientific community believes may be groundbreaking in the future of treating dental fears and phobias which currently affect 10 to 20 percent of adults in the United States.
Dr. Abelar is very understanding of dental related fears and has focused on becoming an area leader in the field of sedation dentistry. Thanks to advances in treatment, using a combination of Single Visit Dentistry (CEREC) and oral sedation techniques, a patient with anxiety can now have years’ worth of dental work done in only one or two visits with very little memory of the procedures afterward. Sedation dentistry can be as simple as taking a medication before you come in for a cleaning or procedure (and even the night before in more serious cases of anxiety). Patients report feeling so relaxed it has been nicknamed “Sleep Dentistry” even though they are awake during the entire procedure.
Putting off dental cleanings and avoiding much-needed procedures can create problems not only with your mouth, teeth and gums but with your overall health. Between 5% to 8% of those suffering from dental anxiety will suffer from a toothache for as long as possible without seeking relief. Dr. Abelar designed his office with relaxation and comfort in mind. He takes every possible step to ensure you feel as comfortable and as safe as possible. Call our office today to schedule a consultation or to discuss how sedation dentistry can help you or a loved one at 858-866-9692. Let us help you get the care you need with the comfort you deserve.