Many patients admit to feeling some anxiety prior to their appointment. But we want you to know that you’re not alone. In fact, our practice sees patients of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults with dental anxiety. If you have dental anxiety, we encourage you to talk to our dentist about what to expect and how we can help.
Some patients may worry about their treatment or hygiene habits. Others may have fears about pain. Whatever your concerns may be, it’s important that you talk to us. We can explain your treatment and the procedures involved.
Dental anxiety is real, and it’s common among many people. But, it doesn’t have to stop you from taking care of your smile! Because we understand this feeling, we’ve developed a few techniques to help you deal with your dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety is common. Many patients feel nervous or stressed about going to the dentist. This is normal. However, by discussing your fears with your dentist, he or she will be better able to address them. Your dentist is there to help. He or she wants to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important for your oral health, and you should not hesitate to make an appointment.
Many people tense up when they think about going to the dentist, and this can lead to increased pain and tension. Instead, you should take a deep breath and relax. This can go a long way towards helping you deal with dental anxiety.
Some patients feel anxious in the chair. They may be afraid or embarrassed about the procedure, have a phobia, or simply feel nervous. If you have a music playlist or podcasts you love, bringing headphones can help you stay distracted in the chair.
There are many relaxation techniques that can help you feel more at ease during your dental appointment. Some dental offices can also provide complimentary aromatherapy or massage.
Relaxation techniques can include:
Prior to your appointment, reach out to your dental office and ask if they provide any of these services.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, talk to your family dentist about sedation dentistry options. We offer different types of dental sedation, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a soft, comfortable nasal mask. Oral sedation is a stronger sedative that is taken in the form of a pill.
If you wish to learn more about our sedation dentistry options, visit Dental Health PC at 869 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330. Call us at (541) 757 1829 to book an appointment. We will be happy to help you further.