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How to Combat Dental Anxiety

  • December 21, 2017

dental anxiety treatmentFor many patients, the dental office is the last place they’d rather be. The fear of going to the dentist is fairly common among both adults and children. There are many reasons behind these fears of the dentist.

Common sources of dental anxiety include:

  • Negative past dental office experiences
  • Possible pain and discomfort
  • Possible dental work
  • The unpleasant smells and sounds of the dental office
  • Rude, hurried and impersonal dental staff and dentists
  • Possibility of being scolded about poor dental hygiene by the dentist
  • Shame from years of neglecting adequate oral hygiene and care
  • The appointment taking too long or requiring inconvenient follow-up appointments
  • Costs associated with dental procedures

There are many valid reasons people fear going to the dentist.

Fortunately, with modern dentistry, some of these fears can be relieved.

The dental field has come a long way since its beginning. In dentistry’s early days, common procedures today were painful, expensive, time-consuming and even dangerous.

The conditions of the dental office, the expertise of dentists and the quality of dental equipment has made many dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, implants, and root canals routine.

Dental patients today have access to better quality products such as implant-supported dentures and natural-looking crowns.

The advancements in dentistry have also made for faster, effective treatment for the patient.

Here are some of the ways we at Historic Triangle Dental Care are making the dental office visit experience more enjoyable for our patients:

  • sedation dentistry
  • meditation
  • helpful staff who answers your questions

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who are more than anxious about going to the dentist, but who are overly frightened of the dentist office.

There are different types of sedation available as well as different strengths of sedation. The most common types of sedation found in most dental offices are those that merely relax the patient or make them sleepy. Only oral surgeons and select dentists with certain certifications, licensing and training provide sedation that makes a patient unconscious.

The common types of sedation you’ll expect to find at our office include oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (or laughing gas). Oral conscious sedation is in a form of a pill the patient is to take an hour before their appointment. The patient will become very sleepy and relaxed during his or dental procedure. The drowsy effect of oral conscious sedation, however, lasts a few hours.

Laughing gas affects the patient in a similar manner, making him or her extremely relaxed. As the name implies, with this type of sedation, the patient inhales a certain gas. The drowsy effects of the gas, however, wear off quickly with the introduction of oxygen.

Meditation

At Historic Triangle Dental Care, we strive to provide a welcoming, relaxing environment for our patients. When our patients are relaxed, our dentist and staff can treat them faster and more efficiently. The more cooperative a patient is, the quicker he or she can get out the door.

We believe that meditation is a great tool patients can employ to relieve the stress and anxiety of seeing the dentist.

Meditation takes on many forms, which is why it’s something that can be utilized by anyone. Regardless of how much time you have or what you know about meditation, the main point is to do something that calms and relaxes you and takes your mind off your upcoming dental appointment.

Helpful, Knowledgeable, Caring Staff

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or you’ve had a bad experience in the past, you may have mentioned to us that you’re scared and want to know more about what we do to make your visit as smooth and pleasant as possible. You may also wonder what to expect when you come in to see us.

Our friendly, attentive staff will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and address any concerns you may have. We think there are no dumb questions. We also know that some of our anxious patients feel better about their upcoming dental appointment when they know exactly what to expect when they arrive at our office.

No matter the reason behind your dental fear or regardless of how long you’ve avoided seeing a dentist, your oral health is important to us and we greatly encourage you to have us examine your teeth and gums. We know that the dental office can be a scary place, so we’ve taken steps like providing sedation dental options and encourage meditation.

Your oral health is too important to ignore out of fear. Contact us today and let us give you a pleasant, relaxing dental experience.

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