Wake Forest dentist: Lifelong habits, good experiences established with pediatric patients
It’s estimated 5 to 8 percent of the population is so fearful of dental visits that they avoid them completely. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found adult subjects avoided regular dental care for 16 years on average.
Dr. Edmond Suh recommends routine exams and professional cleanings at least every six months, so you can imagine the problems that arise within 16 years.
Due to this avoidance, dental fear is associated with greater risk of decay and cavities, significantly more missing teeth, and fewer filled teeth. It’s a spiraling situation, whereby the longer one goes without treatment, the more and anxious he or she becomes. Sleep suffers, as does eating and nutrition. There may be a tendency to self-medicate. The sufferer can’t be the best employee, student, parent, or spouse.
In 85 percent of cases, dental fear started as children. Traumatic past dental experiences were named as the leading cause of present-day anxiety.
The “triggers” or sources of these painful memories are described as the four S’s:
- Sights – drills and needles
- Sounds – drilling
- Sensations – Vibrations
- Scents – “Clinical” smells such as from bonding agents
Dr. Edmond Suh has built Supremia Dentistry around the following principles, which take direct aim at each of the concerns mentioned above:
- Conservative procedures
- Gentle (“no-drill”) approaches
- Noninvasive methods
Dr. Suh is able to create a comfortable environment that stays true to these principles with the likes of what’s called “conscious oral sedation,” a pill that relaxes you so the procedure passes by in no time. Any concerns associated with the procedure melt away.
The procedure itself minimizes many of the things that patients dread about the dental visit, such as drilling.
Since Dr. Suh approaches every treatment with an eye on selecting an effective but less invasive procedure, you, your child, or teen will not be steered toward extensive restorations, such as dental crowns.
Dr. Suh is a big advocate of partial crowns (also known as onlays). Since this type of crown is more conservative, less drilling is required, which means less trauma. Less drilling and less trauma also means better experiences, which younger patients can carry with them into adulthood.
Furthermore, since Dr. Suh and his team are focused on continuing education — traveling the globe to spread the benefits of these more comfortable approaches — they are well equipped to talk to your child and ease any fears. They explain the procedure in a way the littlest patients can understand, without scaring them.
It’s important to be open to a child about treatment, but the word choice is critical. Even saying, “It won’t hurt” may make a child who hadn’t even considered pain think: “What, this is supposed to hurt?”
Dr. Edmond Suh and his team want to see your child early in Wake Forest. We recognize the pediatric dentist plays a big part in lifelong oral and overall health. Call 919 556 6200 to schedule an appointment.