Solutions for Overcoming Dental Fear
Arlington Family & Cosmetic Dental Associates can help you get the care you need.
Dental Anxiety is Not Uncommon
In fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have a fear of dental work, we want you to know that making you feel comfortable and safe at our office is our first priority.
Dental Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia
Dental anxieties and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Dental anxiety may be mild to moderate, and often takes the form of a general sense of worry and apprehension when thinking about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients feeling an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care all together.
We Can Help!
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.
Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:
- Communication: Informing us as to what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by giving you correct or updated information. We will always keep you informed before, during, and after your procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It is sometimes called “laughing gas”. After a few minutes of breathing normally through your nose, you will start to feel relaxed and comfortable. Sometimes patients become so relaxed they may fall asleep, but they are always in control. The effects of the gas wear off almost immediately, making it easy to return to work or go about the rest of your day.
- Taking Breaks: We frequently stop treatment to make sure you are comfortable or you may signal us by raising your left hand if you need a break.
- Listening to Music: We provide personal headphones and any music you desire.
- Watching TV: All rooms are equipped with televisions to watch your favorite show during treatment.
- Oral Sedation: Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you including oral sedation.
- Calming Techniques: Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.