No-Fear Dental Care
Scared of going to the dentist? Well now you can relax!
Do you feel uncomfortable merely from the idea of going to the dentist?
Have you at any time avoided dental cleanings or preventive dental care because of fear?
“The dentist” is among the most frequent phobias in the USA. You are not alone. It’s said that just about 50% of people begin to feel uneasy or nervous when thinking about going to the dentist or getting some type of procedure completed there?
Our group has devoted themselves to making patients comfortable and at ease during dental exams and procedures.
Without having a staff that cares about, and understands their patients, practically nothing else actually counts! We will in no way make an individual feel uncomfortable with their dental needs, and we strive to understand and treat patients as unique individuals.
Here is a list of many of the most well-known dental fears:
- Fear of embarrassment concerning the current condition of their teeth
- Fear of gagging
- Fear of needles
- Fear of loss of control
- Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain
- Fear of being in pain
- Fear of the dentist as a person
- Fear of the hand device (or perhaps the drill)
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of dental sounds and scents
The latest technological breakthroughs have suggested that many times, dentists are able to take away loud drills and offer quick and efficient care. Additionally, there are numerous types of safe anesthetics offered to eliminate pain and lessen stress and anxiety during regular appointments. Our office is also uniquely designed to set you at ease by taking away many of the sights, sounds and scents of a common dental office you may associate along with your previous dental visits.
Comfort Treatment Options
Dr. Workman and his team have effective sedation capabilities. We can provide many levels of comfort.
• Topical & Local Anesthesia
We begin with a topical solution that ‘pre-numbs’ the injection area. Then the local anesthesia is used to completely numb the area being treated. This temporarily blocks feeling to the nerve and should last one to two hours or longer.
• Nitrous Oxide Gas
Studies have proven that nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is the treatment of choice for fearful patients. The calming effects are oftentimes astounding. Someone who was severely anxious going into treatment has become relaxed and calm.
• Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in North America to relieve dental patient fears. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, oral sedation dentistry enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure, but you likely won’t remember much about your treatment.
• IV Sedation
This is a technology available to patients who suffer from being afraid to see a dentist and who thereby suffer with poor oral health as a consequence of that fear. With this procedure, medicine is given through an IV that puts you into a sedated state. While in this sedated state, you will not have any fear of the dentist or dental work. Oddly enough you will still be able to hear Dr. Workman if he tells you something or asks you to open your mouth wider. After your dental procedure, we’ll wake you up and you won’t have any recollection of the procedure. This will reduce the anxiety and stress which might accompany that treatment. There is no awareness of treatment during the entire procedure. Pulse, blood pressure and respiration are continually monitored throughout the procedure. The body rapidly metabolizes these types of anesthetic agents, allowing for a quick recovery.
Below are great tips in lessening dental anxiety and fear:
- Speak with our doctors – Though it could be difficult to speak about illogical fears with a complete stranger, our doctors may take extra steps during appointments if worries and stress are conveyed.
- Bring a portable music player – Music will act as a relaxant as well as drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to some relaxing music during this visit will help to lower anxiousness.
- Agree on a sign – Many individuals are scared the dentist is not going to know they are in considerable pain during the appointment, but will carry on the treatment regardless. The best way to fix this issue is to decide on a “stop” hand signal together with the dentist.
- Use a sore throat spray – Throat sprays (such as, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag response. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex within check for about an hour.
- Take a mirror with you – Not having the ability to view what is happening can raise stress and anxiety and make the mind run wild. Viewing the procedure might help keep reality at the front of the mind.
- Sedation – Choosing a comfortable level of sedation offers an outstanding option for many people.
- Ask about procedure – Be sure to let us know the depth and extent of treatment plan explanations you may need.
- Go over all the choices with one of our doctors and determine the one which is most effective and produces little anxiety.
Inside an open and nurturing atmosphere, individuals can be given dental care recognizing they aren’t being judged or perhaps looked down upon because of their stress and anxiety about dentistry. We strive to excel at the technical components of dentistry but just as imperative we aim to attend to the patient’s emotional needs. In case you have any concerns or questions regarding how Dr. Workman can help you overcome fear and anxiety, please get in touch with our office.