FOR PEOPLE WITH DENTAL anxiety, the prospect of an appointment with the dentist can be so intimidating that they’d rather suffer tooth pain in silence than get it treated. That’s why we’re dedicating this post to helping our patients triumph over their dentist-related fears!
Don’t Let Pop Culture Give You The Wrong Idea About Dentists
Whenever dentists appear in movies and TV shows, we tend to be portrayed in a very over-the-top way that can make us seem much scarier than we are. These fictional stereotypes are relics of the pre-World War II era, before anesthetics where the norm, but modern dental offices have high standards for the care and comfort of patients.
Don’t Be Embarrassed; Dental Anxiety Is Normal
If you’ve been struggling with a fear of the dentist, that’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Between 9 and 15 percent of Americans are so nervous about the idea of going to the dentist that they avoid it completely! But just because it isn’t uncommon doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Preventing serious dental problems through regular, twice-a-year cleaning appointments is always better than allowing those problems to develop further.
Tips For Overcoming Dental Anxiety
- Don’t assume you will have a bad experience.
- Schedule dental appointments in the morning time so you won’t think about it all day while you wait.
- If you decide to schedule your initial appointment, don’t wait! The longer you put it off the more time you have to dread it.
- Some of our staff members have dental anxiety also. Come in and meet us! Let us help calm your fears. We do understand!!
How Our Practice Can Help
We have 2 options to ease you into dental treatment. Nitrous Oxide gas, sometimes known as laughing gas, can give you a feeling of complete relaxation. And yes, some patients have been known to laugh out loud!! With Nitrous Oxide, you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment since the effects of the gas will be gone by the time you are ready to leave. Another option is Conscious Sedation. In most cases, you take a dosage of 3-4 small medication tablets. Within an hour you will reach a level of sedation that will allow you to communicate with us and even follow our directions, such as open or close your mouth. Because of the effects of the medication, you will need a friend or relative to drive you to and from our office, and provide care for you during the next 24 hours while the medication wears off. In most cases, patients don’t remember their dental appointment from the day before.
Get To Know Our Team!
If you or someone you care about struggles with dental anxiety, feel free to schedule a time to come to our practice, meet our team members, and get used to the facility. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you’re with us, and we’ll answer any questions you may have!