Dental Anxiety and Fear
The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. Many people visualize a drill-welding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth. The reality, however, is very different. The comfort, relaxation and happiness of the patient are embedded deep at the heart of any good dental practice. The staff at the practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, alleviate fears and provide painless, quick treatments.
Recent technological advancements allow for more a comfortable dental visit along with a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.
How can one overcome dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming. It is estimated that as many as 35 million people in the U.S. do not visit the dental office at all because of their fears. Receiving regular dental checkups and cleanings is incredibly important for it 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 the dentist – your dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated. Dr. Jaber is particularly sensitive to every patient’s specific needs and will kindly and promptly tend to yours.
Listen to music – Here at Smile For Me, each room is equipped with a stereo system, allowing hygienists to play music adjusted to your liking during your visit. Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help reduce anxiety.
Agree on a signal –Both, doctor and patient can easily understand signals like raising a hand or tapping on the chair. At Smile For Me, Dr. Jaber and staff are trained to pay close attention to the patient and give multiple breaks to the patient during treatment.
Sedation – Although sedation is an alternative in some other practices, Dr. Jaber chooses to limit the use of drugs to a mild anti=anxiety drug taken an hour before the procedure. Through her extensive experience dealing with and treating highly anxious patients using more natural methods such as accupressure, Dr, Jaber is rather confident your experience will be rather relaxing.
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 the dentist and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.
If you have questions or concerns about how the dentist can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact the office.