Overcoming Dental Anxiety: How To Stay Relaxed At The Dentist
Are you due for a visit to our office for a hygiene examination or recommended treatment and have avoided scheduling your appointment due to nervous feelings? Millions of Americans experience some form of dental anxiety. However, you should not allow your feelings to keep you from getting the dental treatment you need. Allowing nerves to get in the way of needed dental care can result in added treatments and longer procedures. If dental anxiety is a concern for you or a loved one, we offer a solution to help you get the care you need.
Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?
There can be many reasons why someone might experience nerves when visiting the dentist. Allowing nerves to get in the way of needed dental care can result in additional treatments and longer procedures. Sedation dentistry is beneficial to patients who:
- Have had prior negative experiences
- Cannot sit for long periods of time
- Have a low tolerance for oral discomfort
- Have an aversion to sights, sounds, and smells of the office
Patients who have nervous feelings about the dentist often fail to schedule routine and necessary appointments. When you continue to delay or cancel dentist visits, it creates a vicious cycle of avoidance, leading to potential dental emergencies and the need for lengthy treatments, bringing the nervous feelings and avoidance back again.
Be Honest with Us
It is important that you are honest about how you feel about visiting our office. We do all we can to ensure our patients feel comfortable while in our care. After speaking with you, we may recommend sedation dentistry, in the form of nitrous oxide or oral sedation, to help you relax.
We never want nervous feelings to keep you from getting the oral care you deserve. If you have not visited our office for a hygiene examination within the past six months, we encourage you to call our office, which is located in Northridge, CA, and schedule an appointment today. We can discuss whether sedation dentistry is a good option for you. Please express your feelings, and we will be more than happy to help you!