If the prospect of routine dental visits evokes feelings of concern or apprehension, you are not alone in your anxiety. It is estimated that as many as 20% of people nationwide avoid dental visits due to panic or excessive post traumatic anxiety from previous dental care. There are a variety of catalysts that may cause dental anxiety including, but not limited to:
• Concerns about pain. These commonly stem from a personal, traumatic experience or from stories conveyed by others.
• Concerns about side effects from anesthesia. Potential side effects – feeling faint, nausea or dizziness – can evoke anxiety in many patients.
• Fearing loss of control or cognitive abilities. The fear of dental chairs may induce uncomfortable emotions in certain patients.
If you are one of the millions affected by this condition, it is important to assess some strategies best suited for your needs, which may encourage you to visit your dental professional without fear. Good dental health is crucial for your overall longevity, appearance, and well- being. Such fears may prevent necessary dental care from occurring, potentially incurring unnecessary costs and time constraints, while significantly increasing the risk of declined oral health.
Here are some ways to combat these concerns:
• If you are a mouth-breather and you fear breathing solely through your nose while at the dentist, consider using nasal strips to assist in inhalation and exhalation.
• If you have trouble with the loud noises, bring a pair of noise canceling headphones or earplugs to block out unwanted sounds.
• If it is hard for you to lie back in the chair, ask if you can be reclined only partially, and/or see if pillows can be positioned in a way that makes it more comfortable.
• Be forthright about your concerns with the staff and doctor. We are here to help.
In addition to the steps outlined above, this practice can assist many patients who are otherwise troubled by dental visits. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley have been assisting patients with sedation dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for years with great success. Options include both oral (via tablet) and intravenous sedation (administered through a vein), and may be provided at a minimal, moderate, or deep level, depending on your anxiety level. Sedation dentistry is helping millions of people each day receive necessary dental procedures without the fear that once accompanied the prospect.
Give us a call today at 954-654-7264, to discuss your options for treating dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, at the McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants.