It turns out, being scared of the dentist doesn’t harm only you. If you have children, research suggests that it is the parent, specifically the father, who passes on a fear of the dentist to their children.
A study published by Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid suggests that when parents exhibit fear of the dentist, that fear is passed on to their children. However, the study is unique in that it found that children are more influenced by the father’s reaction to dentist appointments than the mother’s.
“Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” states study co-author Professor America Lara-Sacido.
The study concluded that parents, especially fathers, should help to prevent fear of the dentist by exhibiting no signs of anxiety when visiting the dentist.
Fortunately, at Village Family Dental, we know exactly how to dispel your anxiety and create positive dental experiences with oral sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Oral sedation refers to the practice of administering oral sedative drugs in order to create a safe and relaxing environment for patients who have a fear of dental appointments.
Sedation Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC
Dr. Steven Tuttle offers sedation dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC. With our oral sedation, even the most anxious patients can feel at ease and completely relaxed for the entirety of the dental visit!
At Village Family Dental, we practice oral conscious sedation, which means that you are awake during your dental appointment. However, oral sedation works to slow the action of the central nervous system. While you are awake and aware of your surroundings, you will be more at ease, experience a pleasant feeling and reduced sense of pain.
Dr. Steven Tuttle received special training in oral sedation from the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation. Dr. Tuttle has been practicing oral sedation dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC for over 11 years and can be trusted to provide your entire family with relaxing, anxiety-free dental work. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from oral sedation dentistry, visit our office at Village Family Dentistry or call us today at (843) 215-2599!
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