Have you received a reminder from your dentist that it’s time for your six-month checkup, only to quickly forget about it? This scenario plays out in millions of homes across the country on a regular basis. Sometimes, it plays out for years. The process is subtle: an appointment is missed because life is too busy at that moment, or because there is a bit of apprehension about seeing the dentist (then, any excuse will do). Once that first appointment passes by, the next may be even harder to make. What will the dentist say about you missing your last appointment? What will your dental exam reveal? These thoughts are enough to make you postpone one appointment after another. Let’s stop this cycle for good, shall we?
We Make the First Step Easy
If it has been years since you’ve seen the dentist, we can understand that your return may be something you don’t look forward to. We want to make this as easy as possible for you. First, we do this by treating you as valuable members of the oral care team. Your reasons for skipping out on dental care aren’t important; what’s important is that you are here now. What we do care about is addressing any issues of fear that may have kept you away. We can do this with a level of sedation dentistry that is appropriate for you. Many patients can experience a significant decrease in anxiety with the simple use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.
If dental anxiety is behind your absence from the dental office, let us know. Call our Sherwood, OR practice to discuss how sedation dentistry can help you.
What you Gain from Seeing the Dentist
You probably already know that seeing the dentist is a good thing for your teeth and gums, so we’re not going to discuss that benefit. Instead, we want to focus on another important advantage you gain when you maintain twice-a-year visits.
Power and Peace
When it comes to health and wellness, power and peace go hand-in-hand. Seeing your dentist every six months enables you to become familiar with your mouth in a way you have missed out on in the past. From one visit to the next, we measure any changes that may have occurred. When your teeth and gums are in great condition as your checkups progress, you are increasingly empowered to take excellent care of your oral health. Furthermore, you gain peace of mind knowing that very little can go wrong in the short six-month window between each exam and cleaning.