The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. Many people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause discomfort and remove teeth. The reality, however, is very different. The comfort, relaxation, and happiness of the patient are the primary focus of any good dental practice. Our Roseville, CA team will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, alleviate fears, and provide painless, quick treatments.
Recent technological advancements have meant that, in many cases, dentists are able to replace noisy drills with painless laser beams. There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate discomfort and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.
How Can You Overcome Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming. It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit dental offices because they are too afraid. Receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important. Having regular routine check-ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.
Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:
- Talk to us: We can’t read minds. Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, we can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.
- Bring a portable music player: 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.
- Agree on a signal: Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment and will continue with the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising their hand or tapping on the chair.
- Spray the throat: Throat sprays (for example, Vicks Chloraseptic Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.
- Take a mirror: 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.
- Sedation: If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people. There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same—the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.
- Ask about alternatives: Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Lasers can be used to prepare teeth for fillings, whiten teeth, and remove staining. Discuss all the options with us and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.
Building Your Confidence In The Dental Chair
We understand that confronting your fears is not easy, especially when it comes to something as intimate and personal as your oral health. We want to emphasize that you are not alone in this journey. Our team is committed to walking alongside you every step of the way, empowering you to reclaim control over your dental health and well-being. Your courage to face these fears, and your trust in us, are profoundly respected and valued.
Remember, it’s not just about beautiful smiles; it’s about your courage, your progress, and your well-being. We’re not just creating bright smiles here; we’re restoring confidence, reassurance, and peace of mind.
If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office.