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Dr. Sharma and Renae explain the symptoms of dental anxiety and how to reduce these.
Dental Anxiety & Fear
Are you afraid of going to the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. There is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of. If you have had bad or painful experiences in the past, feel helpless in the dental chair, are embarrassed about your teeth, about how long it’s been, these can all cause fear of a dental office.
If you have dental anxiety, you’ll forget to make appointments, and that’s how you’ll effect your teeth. In our Novi and Canton offices we specialize in nervous patients. We have several ways to help nervous patients through their appointment and they will leave feeling happy and relieved. Here are some ways that will make your dental visit pleasant and easy. Firstly, speak up. Again, it’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about, it’s a very common feeling. If your dental provider knows that you’re fearful they will spend extra time with you so that you can communicate and get more relaxed.
Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is another great option. This special gas relaxes you throughout your appointment, it doesn’t require you to have a driver with you because after it’s turned off It’s expelled through the lungs. It can be used on children. In certain cases we provide oral sedation, in those situations you would be accompanied with someone so that they can drive you home.
Another suggestion that works for a lot of our patients and may work you are headphones. If you can bring headphones to your appointment you can listen to your favorite songs, it will drown out the dental sounds. We also have TV’s in each room so don’t hesitate to ask someone to turn them on.
Overall the best way to overcome fear or anxiety is open communication with us, we will talk you through your appointment and let you know what’s going on; as little or as much as you want to know. We are here for you, so if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask us before, during, or after the appointment. If there is anything we didn’t answer here give us a call, text, or e-mail!