A Step-By-Step Approach For Dental Anxiety
If you look at the services page for Parkway Dental, you will see that there are a lot of things that we can do for our patients.
We can use cosmetic dentistry to give you the smile of your dreams. We can use dental implants and other restorative services to replace and repair your teeth.
And we can provide preventive care as part of our general dentistry.
But we can’t do any of it if you don’t make an appointment to visit our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
If you haven’t seen a dentist in a few years, then you may be dealing with dental anxiety. It’s OK if you are. We want to help.
And the one step in this process may be learning about sedation dentistry.
Understanding Your Anxiety
Anxiety is not a pleasant feeling, although it may be more accurate to say it is a combination of feelings.
You may feel a blend of worry and fear when you are feeling anxious. The thing to keep in mind is that everyone feels anxious about something.
You may be anxious about coming to the dentist while your friend feels anxiety about roller coasters. You have probably both learned that you can avoid those anxious feelings by avoiding the thing that causes your anxiety.
Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist can have consequences for your oral health, whereas avoiding roller coasters doesn’t really have long-term effects on your friend’s well-being.
When you are feeling anxious, your body may revert to a “fight-or-flight” feeling. We would both agree that this can make dental care more difficult.
More than likely, you have a reason for your dental anxiety. You may have had a bad experience when you were younger, or you may have a fear of some the equipment that is used or has been used in the past by dentists.
Overcoming dental anxiety is not something you will do overnight or in a single visit to the dentist office. We would encourage you to be patient with yourself as you go through the process.
The staff at Parkway Dental will be here to support you with each step you take.
Start With An Introductory Visit
Rather than making an appointment for a dental cleaning, make an agreement with yourself to call or visit our office in person.
Your goal is not so sit down in a dentist’s chair during this visit. Your only goal is to become familiar with our staff and our office.
This is your opportunity to get to know us and to ask questions about what we do and about our approach to dental care. Our primary focus is on maintaining our patients’ oral health, but your comfort is a high priority as well.
You can learn more about our comfort options, starting with the refreshments we provide in our waiting room. We have televisions in each of our patient rooms, and we are happy to provide a pillow, blanket, or both to help you feel cozy.
Schedule A Consultation
After you have seen our office for yourself, you may want to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Again, instead of scheduling a dental cleaning, this is your chance to sit down with one of our dentists. This is a great opportunity to share the reasons for your dental anxiety.
When we know what triggers your anxiety, we can develop a plan to address those issues for you.
For some patients, this involves the use of dental sedation.
For patients who have strong feelings of dental anxiety, we may recommend oral conscious sedation.
With this kind of sedation dentistry, you will take a pill before your cleaning or other procedure. The medication will leave you feeling groggy or may put you to sleep. Either way, you won’t remember much if anything about your treatment.
However, you will need a family member or friend to drive you home. The medication wears off slowly, and you will want to rest for a bit when you get home.
For patients who feel mild anxiety, nitrous oxide may be just what you need. This is a gas that you inhale. As you breathe it, you will remain relaxed, calm, and comfortable. You won’t feel any pain, and you may not be aware of what is happening during your treatment.
At the end, we remove the mask, and you exhale any gas that remains in your system. Before you know it, you will be back to feeling like yourself.
And your mouth will be better off from receiving the basic dental care that you need.
How Are You Feeling?
We hope this post helps you to see that we are on your side. Our dentists want to find a way to provide dental care that reduces your anxiety.
We’ll be here for you.