Solutions for Overcoming Dental Fear
We understand that there is a common fear of going to the dentist. Rest assured we know how this feels and do all we can to put you at ease from your first appointment. Typically, your initial visit is simply talking together, completing your examination, and outlining our plan. Going forward, no treatment is completed without your full understanding of the steps and procedures.
At Weierbach & Genetti Prosthodontics, we have multiple methods for calming anxieties and dental fears, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and other calming techniques. Simply ask us about your options and we will happily discuss which is best for you. You as the patient are always in the driver’s seat and we encourage you to express any concerns or anxieties you have in order for us to be aware and to address them the best way for you.
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:
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.
- Calming Techniques:
Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
- Listening to Music:
With most procedures, the use of personal headphones and music is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
- Oral Sedation:
Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you.
- Taking Breaks:
Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.
Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Call Today to Make an Appointment. Weierbach & Genetti Prosthodontics Phone Number 717-560-9190