Dental anxiety and phobias are not uncommon. In fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental-related fear and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have a fear of dental work, we want you to know that your concerns are not strange or abnormal. Making sure that you feel comfortable and safe at our office is our first priority.
Dental anxieties and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Dental anxiety may be mild to moderate, and often takes the form of a general sense of worry and apprehension when thinking about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients experiencing an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This, unfortunately, may cause them to avoid care altogether.
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick, and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.
Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:
Informing us as to what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by giving you correct or updated information. We will always keep you informed before, during, and after your procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
- Calming Techniques:
Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distractions inside the room.
- Warm Lotion:
We offer lotion treatments to soothe patients and enhance relaxation with warming mittens.
With most procedures, the use of headphones with music or television is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair. We have ceiling-mounted flatscreen televisions and stadium headphones in every room; we also have iPods (music) and iPads (games/internet for certain procedures) for your convenience.
Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you. Please visit our Anesthesia page for more information.
- Taking Breaks:
Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your hand.
Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Please call our office if you would like to talk about dental anxiety: (843) 795-1111.