Our patient's comfort and care are extremely important to us. We work with fears and anxieties of all kinds to ensure a pleasant experience in our office.
How can one overcome dental 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.
- 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.
- 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. If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office.