A typical, routine trip to the dentist usually does not involve much intensive surgery or many invasive procedures. However, the little things around the office, such as the sights and sounds of a dental practice, can often, and understandably, cause anxiety in patients.
According to the website of Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., dental anxiety is very common and affects many nationwide. In fact, between 9 and 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing the dentist regularly because of fear and anxiety, according to the Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center.
A quick search will reveal many different ways to cope with this anxiety, and alternatives to ensure the patient has a comfortable experience at the dentist.
Being vocal about anxiety and fears with your dentist in advance of procedures can help doctors adjust treatment to suit your needs.
Choosing a time to go to the dentist where you will not feel rushed can help by alleviating other stresses and will thereby help to relieve overall dental anxiety.
Wearing headphones can help drown out many sounds that are common in a dentist’s office to help you unwind and will serve as a distraction.
Sedation dentistry can also be a viable option for patients experiencing dental anxiety. Dental practices offer sedation dentistry services to meet the needs of their clients with dental anxiety, as well as to those who experience major discomfort at the dentist. Many local practices are now offering this service.
Sedation dentistry is used in many different cases ranging from invasive procedures to routine cleanings for those who experience discomfort at the dentist’s office. Different levels of sedation are also offered for different procedures, different patients and at different practices.
Contact your local dental practice to see what kind of sedation dentistry services they offer to suit your needs.Read More »