DENTAL ANXIETY IS NOT UNCOMMON
Many patients feel anxious when having to visit the dentist and this can delay or prevent them from receiving the care they need. 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 making you feel comfortable and safe at our offices is a priority.
DENTAL ANXIETY VS. DENTAL PHOBIA
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 feeling an overwhelming fear of dental treatment. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care all together.
SOLUTIONS FOR OVERCOMING DENTAL FEAR
Cornerstone Dental can help you get the care you need.
WE CAN HELP!
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our offices are committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, efficient, and as easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are here to help.
Sedation dentistry is the use of very safe and effective medications to affect the Central Nervous System in order to render a patient calm, relaxed, and comfortable enough to receive dental treatment.
There are different “levels” of sedation dentistry available in our office. Depending on your individual needs and/or desires, the correct type of sedation will be tailored and recommended. All modalities are administered and monitored by our trained doctors and staff in the safety and comfort of our office environment.
- Advantages of Sedation Dentistry:
- Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed mood
- You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure
- Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur during the same visit
- Less discomfort after treatment
Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you. Click below for more info:
- Inhalation Sedation (Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas)
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Additionally, there are some 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 distraction inside the room.
- Watching TV:
We have cable TV in all 14 of our treatment rooms to help take your mind off your visit.
- Listening to Music:
With most procedures, the use of personal headphones and music is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
- Taking Breaks:
Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.
Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good oral and dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Call Today to Make an Appointment.