Dental Anxiety & Fear

The general fear of dental appointments can be a common cause for worry and anxiety. Many people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth.

The reality, however, is very different because the comfort, relaxation, and happiness of the patient are the primary focus of any good dental practice. The staff at the practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, reduce fears, and provide painless, quick treatments.

Recent technological advancements have made it possible for dentists to replace noisy drills with painless laser beams in many cases. There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

Managing dental anxiety with laughing gas

Here at Springbank Dental, we use laughing gas to help patients feel more comfortable during their procedure.

This mild sedative allows you to feel calm and relaxed, whether you feel anxious about your treatment, gagging your mouth, or unable to sit still.

Children and patients with special needs can also receive laughing gas for their procedures. These procedures do not have to be complex but require being stationary for an extended period.

Laughing gas is delivered to you through a small mask you wear over your nose. There are no needles involved. It also does not put you to sleep. It keeps you conscious throughout your visit and lets you communicate with your dental team.

Breathe normally once your mask is on, and the gas will start taking effect after a few minutes. Laughing gas is safe and effective, and it wears off soon after the mask is removed.

We can determine whether using sedation is necessary for your case during your consultation with the dentist. We can also look into options to help make your dental experience as smooth as possible.

If you think you or a family member need laughing gas for your next dental visit, let us know. We’re happy to share more information about it.

How to overcome dental anxiety

It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.

It is incredibly important to receive regular dental check-ups and cleanings. This is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office at .

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