Easing Dental Anxiety
Many, if not most, people experience some sort of apprehension as they settle into the dentist’s chair. But for some people, dental visits inspire full-blown panic or terror. For an estimated 9% to 15% of Americans, their fear is so bad, they avoid visiting the dentist altogether. This, of course, leads to a greater likelihood of serious dental problems that cause pain and require invasive interventions. This feeds the patient’s anxiety and just serves to perpetuate the cycle.
At Parkway Dental, we understand that your anxiety is debilitating and very real. We will take your fears and concerns seriously and never dismiss them. We will never judge you for how you feel or your lack of dental care due to anxiety. We will treat you with compassion and respect, offer dental sedation to ensure you never feel pain, and approach every procedure with a gentle touch. To learn more about our experience with dental anxiety or schedule an appointment, request an appointment through our online form or call our Snellville, GA office at [phone].
Preventive Care Keeps Dental Procedures to a Minimum
The longer you go without seeing the dentist for regular cleanings and procedures, the more likely bacteria, plaque, and tartar will build up in your mouth and begin to cause cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. All too often, anxious or phobic patients skip regular dental care and even ignore mouth pain once it does start. They don’t come see us until the pain is too excruciating to bear, at which point they require a root canal, extraction, or one of our other more invasive procedures.
The best way to keep your teeth healthy and minimize the likelihood of problems is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes visiting us twice per year for routine cleanings and exams. If you do have a problem brewing with your teeth or gums, we will be able to spot it early on when treatment is relatively easy.
It’s also important to stick to a meticulous oral hygiene routine at home. Brush twice every day for two minutes at a time using a fluoride toothpaste. Floss once per day and use mouthwash to rinse away food particles and harmful bacteria. Avoid sugary drinks and chewy sweets and drink lots of water throughout the day.
How to Ease Your Dental Anxiety
So you’ve made your gentle dental appointment. Now how will you keep your nerves down leading up to the day and through the visit? Here are a few tips to help you stay calm.
- Practice deep-breathing and meditation techniques. While you’re in the chair, focus on breathing slowly.
- Don’t be afraid to share your fears. Letting us know you suffer from anxiety will enable us to treat you extra gently.
- Distract yourself during the appointment: bring headphones so you can listen to music or a favorite podcast, squeeze a stress ball, visualize yourself in a happy place.
Don’t be controlled by your dental anxiety. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with Parkway Dental, call our Snellville, GA office or fill out our online form. We offer gentle and compassionate care to all of our patients.