Tips for Reducing Dental Phobia
Leading health website, WebMD, posted an interesting article on one of the most common fears in the US: going to the dentist. In fact, according to the article, “Between 9% and 20% of Americans state they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.” In the spirit of quelling those fears, the website outlines a few tips for easing dental anxiety in adults.
“The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist,” explains WebMD. “Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.” We couldn’t agree more. For instance, at our practice, we truly value open communication, and encourage patients to voice concerns and anxieties. We’ve all been in the dentist's chair at some point, after all.
For some patients, feeling “out of control” is their biggest concern. WebMD offers a great tip: “Ask your dentist to explain what's happening at every stage of the procedure. This way you can mentally prepare for what's to come.” It's one of the best ways to avoid anxious thoughts like, “What’s coming next?” and, “Is everything going smoothly?”
For some patients, however, tactics like this may simply not be enough. Read on to learn about another solution we offer.
Keeping Relaxed with Sedation Dentistry
For patients with sensitive teeth, a low pain threshold or most commonly, high dental anxiety, sedation can often be the best solution. Sedation Dentistry involves the use of medication to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience. In order to meet the needs of all our patients, our Beverly Hills Dental Office offers a range of services from nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to intravenous sedation. Our main goal is to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment. While you may have heard of it referred to as “sleep dentistry,” most patients remain awake after taking sedation medication and experience a sleepy feeling. Want to find out more? Schedule an appointment today!
Sedation Dentistry in Beverly Hills
If the fear is keeping you from visiting the dentist, we encourage you to contact us today and find out if sedation dentistry is right for you. Call our Beverly Hills office today at (310) 273-0111. We look forward to meeting you.
Category: General Dentistry