The dental industry had gone through enormous improvement over the years and has developed ways to help reduce dental anxiety. Dr. Dham from Westside Dental, the most trusted dentist in Plantation FL , has in fact, adapted various ways to do reduce and manage anxious patients.
Are you anxious about your next dental visit? Statistics show that there are approximately 40 million Americans who suffer from dental anxiety; so you aren’t alone after all. And more interesting is the fact that you can overcome it.
Why do many people fear a visit to the dentist?
Most of those you would ask would say they’ve had bad dental experiences in the past. Another reason is lack of confidence in the effectiveness of locally available anesthetics. They fear that such anesthetics might have some negative side effects. And well, there are those who simply don’t like the peculiar smell that characterize most dental offices.
While there are many who avoid going to the dentist and get away with it, not so many are lucky enough as they end up developing serious dental problems that end up causing them more pain, time and money to treat.
So, what are some of the ways through which one can overcome dental anxiety?
Proper communication can be of great help. Talk to your dentist beforehand. Getting to understand the nature of the recommended procedure and the available ways to ease or get rid of pain can be of great help.
Where the anxiety is as a result of feeling helpless at the hands of the dentist, proper coordination with the dentist can help reduce the anxiety. Granted, there are those who fear sitting in a dental office with their mouths wide open and having to wait until the entire process is over. Working together with your dentist to know when you can request for a pause due to discomfort or pain can help you feel more relaxed.
One other available approach to managing anxiety is distraction. This can be applied through audio visual entertainment and the use of relaxing words by the dentist, among other approaches. Another option would be to utilize conscious sedation where you are completely awake but very relaxed.Conscious sedation includes administration of a a pill which relaxes you and /or administration of nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas”. Ask your dentist about conscious sedation and the precautions to take when you do get conscious sedation.
And as a last resort, you can opt for Intravenous Sedation. Intravenous sedation doesn’t provide relief from pain and is therefore given together with anesthesia. Also known as “twilight sleep,” this sedation technique helps you get comfortable during a dental procedure.
Overall, a visit to the dentist should not cause you fear or anxiety; discomfort and pain caused by poor dental health or worse, teeth loss should. But in cases where dental anxiety is experienced, know that you can always consult and talk to Dr. Dham and her team at Westside Dental, the most trusted plantation dental service provider in town.