FOR PEOPLE WITH DENTAL anxiety, the prospect of an appointment with the dentist can be so intimidating that they’d rather suffer tooth pain in silence than get it treated. That’s why we’re dedicating this post to helping our patients triumph over their dentist-related fears!
Don’t Let Pop Culture Give You The Wrong Idea About Dentists
Whenever dentists appear in movies and TV shows, we tend to be portrayed in a very over-the-top way that can make us seem much scarier than we are. These fictional stereotypes are relics of the pre-World War II era, before anesthetics where the norm, but modern dental offices have high standards for the care and comfort of patients.
Don’t Be Embarrassed; Dental Anxiety Is Normal
If you’ve been struggling with a fear of the dentist, that’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Between 9 and 15 percent of Americans are so nervous about the idea of going to the dentist that they avoid it completely! But just because it isn’t uncommon doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Preventing serious dental problems through regular, twice-a-year cleaning appointments is always better than allowing those problems to develop further.
Tips For Overcoming Dental Anxiety
If you are an extremely fearful dental patient, we offer oral anti-anxiety medication prior to your appointment. It is important to have someone drive you to and from our office, but we are more than happy to write a prescription if that will help ease the anxiety.
How Our Practice Can Help
We find that the best way to overcome dental anxiety in our office is by using nitrous oxide during dental treatment. It is super easy and literally leaves your body as soon as we turn it off! There are no lingering effects and it calms patients down to the point where most want to fall asleep. We offer this for every and all dental procedures and most patients find this extremely helpful.
Get To Know Our Team!
If you or someone you care about struggles with dental anxiety, feel free to schedule a time to come to our practice, meet our team members, and get used to the facility. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you’re with us, and we’ll answer any questions you may have!
We look forward to seeing you!
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