You’re not alone if the thought of going to the dentist makes you feel nervous or anxious. Many people experience some dental fear or anxiety when faced with the prospect of getting a dental procedure.
When your nervousness interferes with your willingness to see a dentist, the results can affect more than your smile. Avoiding routine and therapeutic dental care can result in a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to affecting the way your mouth looks and functions, poor oral health is associated with many serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses.
Being nervous about a dental appointment can occur for many reasons. Some people feel anxious because they had a past painful or unpleasant experience in a dentist’s office. Others may be afraid of needles or feel uncomfortable by feeling a lack of control during treatment.
No matter the source of your nervousness about visiting the dentist, finding the right practice can make all the difference in your willingness to get the care you need. In Jasper, Texas, dentist Eric R. Koch, DDS, and our team at Advanced Dental Care of East Texas specialize in helping anxious people remain comfortable and confident about getting dental treatment.
Whether we’re treating you for a routine dental exam or dental implants, our team provides professional services with attention to the details that can help you feel at ease.
Our caring team has helped people of all ages overcome their nervousness about getting dental care. Here are some ways we can work with you to overcome your hesitation about visiting the dentist.
If you’re anxious about dental care, we want to know about it. Let us know about your concerns when booking your appointment. Feel free to ask questions about our office, such as the typical wait times and the length of your appointment. That can help you know what to expect before your arrival.
During your appointment, let us know about your concerns. We’ll make sure you’re aware of what we’re doing in your mouth and explain each step, so you feel that you have some control of your situation.
Don’t be afraid to ask for breaks if you need some time to mentally and physically regroup during your appointment. We’ll make sure you know how to tell us that you need a break during your treatment.
You may be able to manage your dental fears by trying coping mechanisms that can distract you from the issues that bother you.
Sensory distractions can often help take your mind off your dental treatment. Some people get results with the following techniques:
If you’re having a dental procedure such as dental implants, wisdom tooth removal, or gum treatment, you may benefit from IV (intravenous) sedation during your procedure. IV sedation delivers medication directly into your bloodstream.
The medication helps you feel relaxed and peaceful so you can sleep while your dental work is performed. When you awaken, you will have little memory of your treatment after the sedation wears off.
The procedure involves the insertion of a thin needle into a vein in your hand or arm. An IV tube is attached to the needle to deliver the sedative directly into your bloodstream. A numbing cream applied before the needle is inserted can be used if you’re afraid of needles.
You are constantly monitored during IV sedation to ensure your well-being. The amount of medication you receive can be adjusted during the treatment to allow you to remain comfortable.
In addition to reducing dental fear, IV sedation allows your dentist to complete lengthy procedures efficiently without the distraction of a nervous patient’s fidgeting or restlessness. It can also be helpful for people who have sensitive teeth or a gag reflex, conditions which can make dental treatment difficult.
Find out more about the ways you can feel comfortable about getting dental treatment so you can protect your well-being. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.