Solutions for Overcoming Dental Fear
Dental Anxiety is Not Uncommon
In fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have a fear of dental work, we want you to know that making you feel comfortable and safe at our office is our first priority.
We Can Help!
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.
Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:
Informing us as to what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by giving you correct or updated information. We will always keep you informed before, during and after your procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
- Calming Techniques:
Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
- Listening to Music:
With most procedures, the use of personal headphones and music is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
- Netflix: We offer in-office streaming of Netflix. Take your mind off your treatment while you relax and enjoy the latest episode of your favorite show or a movie.
- Oral Sedation:
Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you including oral sedation.
- Taking Breaks:
Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.
- Bring Support:
Many patients feel more comfortable at the dentist office when they have a close friend or family member accompany them. We always welcome our patients to bring a supportive friend or family member who can help make an appointment less daunting.
- Nitrous Oxide: Read more about this option below.
We also offer Nitrous Oxide, also known as Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide is a non-irritating, odorless gas that is inhaled.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no more than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Call Today to Make an Appointment. Our Cedar Park can be reached at Cedar Park Office Phone Number 512-337-8562, and our Austin office at Austin Office Phone Number 512-337-8560