If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Research indicates that roughly half of America’s population experiences dental-related anxiety.This common phenomenon affects people of all ages and can be very compromising to your overall health.
The unfamiliarity of the dentist can cause a great fear, resulting in overwhelming anxiety. When thinking about the dentist, loud drills, cold water, and sharp tools come to mind and conjure up the most extreme thoughts, deterring people from seeking basic dental care.
The reality, however, is very different. Your comfort, relaxation, and happiness is our main priority.
At Serenity Dental Care, our team will do whatever we can to reduce anxiety and provide quick, painless treatments. We provide a warm environment that welcomes all questions and focus on eliminating any reservations you have that may be causing anxiety.
With recent advancements in dental technology, dentists are able to replace noisy drills with painless lasers. There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.
Some of the most common dental fears:
Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Nandra can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.
Agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist prior to your procedure. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.
Throat sprays can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.
Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.
Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Discuss all the options with the dentist and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.