The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. The comfort, relaxation and happiness of our patients are embedded deep at the heart of our periodontal practice. The staff at the practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless, quick treatments.
There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and mild oral sedatives that help to reduce anxiety during routine appointments.
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:
Talk to the dentist – The dentist can take extra precautions during visits, if fears and anxiety are communicated.
Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.
Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
Sedation – Sedation offers an excellent option for many people. There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.
If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact us.