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Coping with Dental Anxiety

September 28, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Cassidy Bray
Dentist in High Point NC

Are you afraid of the dentist? Many people are, so you’ve definitely got company. But do you ever consider exactly what it is that bugs you so much about dental visits? 

As dentists, we understand your feelings, and we want to tell you that we don’t take it personally. That’s because we know it’s not the dentist that bothers you. It’s all the stuff he or she needs to do that creeps you out. Of course, it is possible to be treated by a dentist who just doesn’t get it, but they are the exception, not the rule.

Let’s face it, for some people sitting in a dental chair conjures up everything they hate about dental treatment - discomfort, injections, masked people lurking around, confined-spaces, and unpleasant noises. It’s almost a reflex, and in lots of cases patients aren’t sure why they feel this way, they just do, and that’s all that matters.

Give Your Dentist a Chance!

We know that you may have had a bad experience with a dentist that put you off dentistry in general, but hey, we’re not bad people! We’re not here to make you feel badly about the condition of your teeth or to judge your dental habits. Our job is to treat the problems and coach you in the best ways to manage your oral health.

See? We’re here to fix problems, not scare the bejeezus out of you. In fact, if you think about it, how many times have you been in such pain that you finally had to break down and make that dreaded appointment? And what happened when you did? You got the proper treatment, and the pain went away.

Tips for Coping with Dental Anxiety

Yes, all of this sounds good, but what happens when you know that making an appointment is the right thing to do, but your gut screams, “NOOOO…” We want you to feel good about getting treatment, so here are a few tips that can help. 

Communicate: Are you embarrassed about your fear? You may feel tempted to keep it to yourself and just tough it out. But we urge you to be open with us about your concerns. It lifts the burden from you, and helps us plan your treatment accordingly.

Agree on a Signal: Some people are worried that they will be uncomfortable and the dentist won’t know. Since you’re mouth is too busy to talk, we can agree on a “stop” hand signal before treatment. This alerts us that you’re having a problem, and we can stop immediately to address your concern.

Throat Sprays: Many patients have a very sensitive gag reflex and avoid dental treatment because they worry about gagging. We recommend that you use a spray that provides a numbing effect and helps keep your gag reflex in check for the duration of your treatment.

At Deep River Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we completely understand your apprehension. Our team is trained to be responsive to your concerns and we will do everything we can to put you at ease.

Once you’ve experienced treatment with us, we’re sure you will begin to feel better about dental visits. Please give us a call and see the difference compassionate care can make. Together we can banish your dental anxiety for good!

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