45% of people claim to be severely scared of the dentist!
Learn what options are available to people who are scared of the dentist.
Each year millions of people avoid necessary dental care due to dental fear. In doing so, they sacrifice their dental health and minor problems rapidly become major ones.
Luckily, the dentist offers various forms of sedation depending on your level of comfort and dental fear severity. These options will alleviate any discomfort you may have and may even reduce the number of visits required to complete your dentistry.
You can receive anesthesia or sedation for any type of dental work: from cleanings and fillings to root canals and extractions. We can replace crowns or dentures, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, fix a chipped tooth, insert dental implants, and more.
Five ways to alleviate your dental anxiety:
It’s estimated that over thirty million Americans suffer from dental anxiety. These are patients who continually cancel appointments, don’t come in for checkups and delay necessary treatment until they have a much more serious problem. If you are fearful, the first step is to let us know – our goal is to provide you with the best dental care possible and we cannot do that without you! The following are a few tips to help make your visit to our office worry-free:
- Ask questions about procedures that cause you anxiety. If you know and understand what is going to happen, you’ll have less reason to worry.
- Eat a light meal before your visit and try not to drink coffee, teas or colas as they stimulate you instead of relaxing you. Eating a rich protein snack like a lean meat sandwich will help stabilize your blood sugar and reduce irritability.
- Distract yourself in the dental chair by using headphones to listen to the radio or to music you find relaxing. This will muffle noises that may bother you.
- Establish a signal, such as raising your hand, to let us know you want us to stop a procedure. It will make you feel more in control and it gives you a chance to ask for more anaesthetic if you feel any discomfort.
- The ways you deal with stress outside of the dental office will work inside too! Try thinking of pleasant images, deep breathing or relaxing your muscles one by one.
Some or all of these techniques may help you feel more at ease and above all, don’t be afraid to ask us for a helping hand. That’s what we’re here for!