Dental anxiety is a common condition that affects many people. In fact, about 15% to 50% of all Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Dental anxiety can cause people to avoid the treatment that they need. This can lead to dental problems or further anxiety in the future.
If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming procedure, don’t be afraid to speak openly about it with your dental team. Discussing your concerns can help put you at ease and make you feel prepared. No question is a silly question when it comes to your oral health! Your dentist will want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout the process. The better prepared you are for your appointment, the more successful your experience will be.
If you have any questions about how to relieve your dental anxiety or if you need assistance with scheduling an appointment, call our team. We’re glad to help in any way we can.
At my dental office, we recommend patients bring headphones and their favorite show or movie on a phone or tablet to help distract themselves from the sounds of the drill, suction tool, and other treatment noises. Patients can wear headphones during the cleanings and exams to distract themselves from the sound of the instruments used to perform these procedures as well.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone! Many patients feel nervous or fearful about routine treatments such as fillings and crowns. Fortunately, we offer sedation dentistry options to help you relax in the dentist’s chair during treatments. This will allow you to get the dental care you need without discomfort and anxiety.
We offer two types of sedation – nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a mask during your procedure. This will immediately help you to relax. While you will still be able to respond to the dentist if needed, you are likely unaware of the treatment as it is happening. Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of a pill that is taken about an hour before your procedure. This can also be paired with nitrous oxide for an even more relaxing experience. With this method, you will likely not remember your procedure at all. This is sometimes referred to as “twilight sleep” dentistry. Both methods will allow you to get the care that you need in a relaxing and comfortable environment. Keep in mind that you will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment if you choose the oral conscious sedation option.
Please feel free to stop by our dental offices for a checkup or to learn more tips for maintaining good oral health. Book your slot by calling us at (281) 991-6530 or visiting us at 6429 Fairmont Pkwy Ste # 101, Pasadena, TX 77505.