So, are you excited for your dentist appointment? If you are not, you are not alone. Many people have stress when it comes to visiting the dentist, in fact, according to WebMD, up to 20% of your fellow Americans avoid visiting the dentist due to fear or anxiety. This anxiety is typically caused by factors such as:
- The fear of pain, which may have roots in an earlier poor experience at the dentist or from an urban legend told by others of a bad experience. Many also fear injections.
- Anesthetic side effects such as dizziness or nausea and,
- Other emotional impacts due to the feelings of loss of control or having dental instruments placed in their mouths. Some even fear the embarrassment of bad breath.
In fact, many have dental phobia, which is more extreme and can have a physical impact on a person experiencing these fears that causes every possible effort to avoid visiting the dentist.
How can you deal with your nervousness or anxiety? The American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy website suggests a few coping techniques including:
- Talk about your anxiety with your dentist. Often times just talking through your concerns with your dentist can help greatly in alleviating anxiety and will help your dentist offer comfort which they can only do if the issue is understood.
- Distract yourself with a book, music or a movie. Sometimes putting your mind elsewhere can be a valuable coping technique.
- Mindfulness techniques such as breath control or focusing on muscle groups in an effort to relax them.
For some people, employing these tactics can be most useful in overcoming the fear and anxiety associated with seeing the dentist but what if it isn’t enough for you? This is where Sedation Dentistry can be applied and has been helping patients overcome dental anxiety through the uses of medicine and McBride Dental has a suite of solutions we can use to help you.
Established forms of sedation dentistry that we offer include:
- Gas Sedation (via Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas) which is administered just before and during your visit to ease the nerves. This is a subtle yet very effective way to take the edge off and wears off quickly following your procedure.
- Oral Sedation which is done through medicine that you take prior to your procedure that will help you to relax and stay at ease through your exam or,
- Intravenous (or IV) where a sedative is administered into your bloodstream during the procedure. The IV method gives us the ability to adjust the amount of sedation you’re getting and to deliver the relaxing medicine quickly.
Whatever your cause of anxiety might be, be sure to talk to us about it so we can give you the best tools to manage these feelings. Never feel ashamed as you are not alone in having these feelings which is why the remedies are available. The important thing is that you work with us so we can best help you. Call us today at 760-471-1003 and keep your smile healthy.