Overcoming Dental Anxiety and Fear

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid. Dr. B and his friendly staff at Sonora General Dentistry and Braces will do whatever they can to reduce your anxiety and provide painless, quick treatments. We are fully committed to ensuring your comfort, relaxation, and trust.

Technology at Your Service

Recent technological advancements enable dentists to complete dental treatment with little discomfort. There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.

Regular Checkups

Receiving regular dental check ups and cleanings is incredibly important because it will help you maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety

Talk to the dentist. Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, the dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

Bring a portable music player. Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

Agree on a signal. Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

Spray the throat. Throat sprays and topical anesthetics provided in the office can control the gag reflex and make the mouth more comfortable for procedures such as cleanings and impressions.

Take a mirror. Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.

Use sedation. Laughing gas, also known as Nitrous Oxide, is a safe gas that can reduce anxiety and help a nervous patient become more relaxed. The gas is flushed from your system and you can even drive home after your dental appointment. If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people. There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.

If you have questions or concerns about how the dentist can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office!