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11Mar2014

Dental Anxiety? We Understand And We Can Help

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF US experience SOME level of dental anxiety? As much as 80%, in fact. Despite our best efforts we know that there’s something that feels inherently vulnerable about lying back in a chair while we examine your mouth. We’ve been patients too.

Communication Can Make You More Comfortable

We want you to feel confident during your visits with us. We believe that one key is open communication between our team and you—our valued patient! Whether you’re extremely nervous during dental appointments, or just slightly uncomfortable, communication helps. However, it’s hard to know exactly how, or what, to communicate sometimes.

If you’d really like to explore the reasons you feel nervous about dental visits, here’s a handy questionnaire developed by J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. If you’d like, look over the first four questions and let us know where you fall on the scale. It’s a simple way to tell us how you’re feeling.

We Offer Sedation Dentistry

For those that need a little more help, we also offer both Oral and IV Conscious Sedation that helps you be unaware and totally comfortable. Our goal is not to help you overcome your fears but to make it where you don’t have to deal with fear. We truly want your experience to make future dental visits easier.

Mark Felt At Ease After His First Visit

Our patient Mark shares the following experience:

“Due to several bad experiences with dentists, I stayed away from going to a dentist office for years! To say I feared going to the dentist is an understatement. When I first visited, they had to sedate me to just come to the office to have my teeth cleaned. Because of their gentle, loving and understanding care, I now go without fear and have kept regular appointments for over 7 years now. The fear is gone and my mouth looks and feels great!”

Simple Understanding Can Make A Huge Difference

Once we understand a little bit about your triggers and your reaction to dental-related situations, we can do a lot to make you feel comfortable. Some techniques we use include:

  • Taking adequate time so you don’t feel rushed or harried.
  • Carefully explaining everything before we do it.
  • Establishing signals so that you can let us know if you need a break.

Do you know someone else who suffers from severe dental anxiety? Is it compromising their health? Have them give us a call. We can help.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

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