Dealing with Dental Anxiety
- Posted on: Dec 19 2011
Going to the dentist is an essential part of a comprehensive dental care plan. Avoiding regular dental exams and teeth cleanings can lead to a number of serious complications when it comes to taking care of your smile. However, just considering going to the dentist results in overwhelming fear for a variety of people.
If you feel anxious and fearful about going to the dentist, there’s great news! Modern dentistry techniques and technology allows the dentists and staff at New Smiles to alleviate your anxiety while you receive the best dental care for your unique needs.
How? By partnering with each patient in a long-term relationship.
A Relationship That’s Honest
If you feel any level of fear or anxiety when considering a dental visit, we want to know about it right away. This kind of honesty regarding your fears allows us the opportunity to discuss them openly with you and provide you with the care that you need in order to have a healthy smile. We want to know not only your fears, but your expectations when it comes to great dental care. This kind of open conversation builds our relationship with you that will last for many years!
Answers to Questions
One way to build this relationship is to give us the opportunity to answer any questions you might have, ranging from simple procedures to more complicated treatment options. If you know of sensitivity that triggers a fear of the dentist, such as a specific sound or taste, let us know so that we can as you pertinent questions and provide appropriate alternatives for your highest level of comfort.
One of these alternatives to alleviate anxiety during your dental visit may involve covering you with a warm blanket or providing an MP3 player with relaxing music. Other practical ways to deal with dental anxiety include making sure you have plenty of time for the appointment so that you don’t feel rushed, a special signal that lets your dentist know that you need a break, and sedatives – such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) – administered during your appointment.
At Pacific Family Dental, we’re interested in building a long-term relationship as we achieve your dental goals. Dealing with dental anxiety is a great way for us to partner with you as we work together to keep your smile healthy and bright. Call New Smiles at 503-925-9595 for your next appointment or request a personal appointment online so that we can begin building this important relationship to ensure your best health.
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