Dental Anxiety Meds

Dentists and Doctors See Drug Abuse by Teens

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Dentists and doctors agree: you don’t even need to read about it – everyone just knows that the legal drinking age old for the country is 21. Well how is it then that 9 out of 10 high school students confess to their dental office or doctor’s staff of having tried alcohol at least once? The decision to drink or not to is basically a personal one. Most experts believe that given adequate information, teenagers will decide not to succumb to drug and alcohol abuse. Just a visit to the dentistry clinic or physician’s office aren’t enough to convince them of the hazards. That’s what’s behind all the public service advertising that goes the “this is your brain on drugs” route.

An argument that teens use to defend their drug and alcohol abuse to their doctor or dentist is by way of the claim that these are not unnatural chemicals usually. You get alcohol fermenting grain, fruit and vegetables. Fermentation is what produces baked goods and some dairy products. How can that be bad, they ask. Well, that’s kind of a silly argument. Not everything that’s natural, is good for you. When alcohol gets into the body, it enters the bloodstream and then goes and shuts down the central nervous system when it reaches it. The brain continues to develop through the teen years (that’s the main reason why the legal drinking age is set at 21). Plying it would alcohol is likely to harm the way the brain develops through these vital years. The fliers available in the medical or dental office seem to have no affect.

But there is no need to go into the biology of how drug and alcohol abuse can hurt. There are some pretty obvious reasons why these are best stayed away from. To begin with, it’s against the law. You can get arrested for the possession or use of alcohol if you are underage. And that goes on your permanent record. And of course, it affects how well you play sports. If alcohol is something you believe will make you look cool, just think of how cool a tripping, uncoordinated sports person is. Which brings us to our next point. People who drink get bad breath, and they lose bladder control often. Maybe they look cool when they’re actually beginning with their drinking; but a few minutes later, all the cool vanishes when the drink sets in.

Of course, it can be a little hard to say “no” when all your friends are doing it and they seem to be getting by okay. The doctor or dentist can’t influence decisions nearly as much as parents. Making up a reason like saying “I have a big test tomorrow” or better still, “there is a major game I’m preparing for tomorrow” can often go over well.

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What You Should Know About Dental Anxiety Medicine

There are some in the world that say you should suck it up and get over things when something goes terribly wrong. There are others that know that this is easier said than done. Neither is wrong, as everyone deals with things in their own way, and there are things that are almost impossible to handle on your own. When your life seems to have a huge series of highs and lows, you may find that you are having more and more trouble coping with all that is going on in your life. This is when anxiety medicine might be what you need to get through a rough period in your life. You may even get too anxious when visiting the dentist.


dental nitrous oxide

dental nitrous oxide

Dental anxiety medicine should not be taken by everyone who may have a rough time when visiting the dental office. Dentistry is a routine event and also periodic. Using relaxation methods will normally be sufficient to blunt the fear you have of a dentist visit. Many general dentistry offices offer nitrous oxide as a one off for particular visits. Fast acting and fast dissipating, this is the better option of oral medicine.

General anxiety medicine should also not be taken for just bumps in the road of your life. This is a part of life, and these things can be handled with time, or even by going through therapy. However, when things pile up, and anxiety seems to be taking over someone’s life, anxiety medication might be what keeps them going. Those with anxiety problems may find that they can’t work or they can’t leave the house, and that means anxiety medicine is something that is needed very badly.

There are many different types of anxiety medicine that a dentist, doctor or psychiatrist might want someone to try. There are some that work when someone needs them, and those tend to be the ones that most try first. However, when anxiety is out of control, and a person is unable to function normally, there are some types of anxiety medicine that needs to be taken daily. These are tricky medications, but they are worth the time and effort. Some must be adjusted over a period of time to get them right, but they do help in the short term even when the dosage of the anxiety medication might be a little off.

When you think you need anxiety medicine, always talk with your dentist or doctor about your symptoms and what things may be contributing to your problem. You should always be totally and completely honest about what is going on so you can get the right medication for anxiety that works best for you. If you feel depressed, or having any other underlying condition, that might mean a different medication will work better. Honestly can only help you in this case, and you don’t have to worry about the stigma that is attached to some conditions. Your dentist and doctor are there to help you, not to judge you, and to make your life a better one for the long haul.

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