Dental Anxiety and Fear
The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. The comfort, relaxation, and happiness of the patient are the primary focus of our dental practice. dental practice. The staff at our practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears, and provide painless, quick treatments.
There are a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.
Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:
Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth
Fear of gagging
Fear of injections
Fear of loss of control
Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain
Fear of pain
Fear of the dentist as a person
Fear of the hand piece (or the drill)
How can one overcome dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming. It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid. Receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important. Having regular routine check-ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.
Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:
- Bring a portable music player - we provide headphones if you forget your own
- Agree on a signal – The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
- Ask for a mirror - Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Sedation
If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office.