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Dental Fear and Anxiety

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety.  The comfort, relaxation and happiness of patients are the prime focus of our dental practice.  The staff will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless treatments.

 Common dental fears include:

Embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
Fear of gagging.
Fear of injections.
Fear of loss of control.
Fear of not becoming numb.
Fear of pain.
Fear of the dental hand piece (drill).
How can one overcome dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming.  Many people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.   Regular dental care is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral health and possibly reduce the chance for more complex dental treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Talk to us – Though it can be hard to talk about fears with a stranger, we 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 continue with the procedure regardless.  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.

Spray the throat – Throat sprays can actually control the gag reflex.  Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

Take 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.

Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, 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 our office.

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