Dental distress is common. Almost everyone experiences s
ome level of it at one point in their lives. The key though is to not let it consume you.
The dentistry I practice is virtually painless. Patients sometimes forget this. That’s why it’s extremely important for you to talk to me about your fears and anxiety. A thorough discussion about the treatment and the steps I will be taking along the way will, no doubt, help you feel in control of what’s happening around you. I won’t decide what is best for you. You and I together will!
Another helpful way to give you a sense of control: Hand signals. We can agree on a signal you can use if you are uncomfortable or if you want everything to stop right away. And, you don’t have to wait until you’re experiencing discomfort to give the signal. You can ask me to stop to simply rinse your mouth or even catch your breath. There is nothing wrong with taking a break for a few seconds. Even I need that once in a while.
Fear of pain is the main reason people chose not to visit the dentist. Yet, advances in modern dentistry and technology have made even the most intricate dental procedures and treatments PAIN FREE.
- Laser drills, or laser dentistry.
- Topical anesthetic – which is usually applied with a q-tip.
- Relaxation techniques – such as deep breathing.
If you’re stressed during your dental appointments, be sure to keep the lines of communication open. I, or a hygienist, can help ease your anxiety and make you feel more in control. And, if you find you need a distraction sitting in the dental chair, we can provide you with headphones. Or, bring your own favorite set of headphones. Music can calm and make dental fears disappear.