When meeting with our patients, we are always interested to hear about previous dental experiences. The number of patients with terrifying experiences is astounding. It’s no wonder patients walk into the office with their heart beating and palms sweating. When you’ve experienced something terrible, you have a hard time shaking that fear. We understand that, which is why you won’t get a more gentle approach to dentistry anywhere else.
When you’ve experienced fear before, you are now a part of a cycle. When faced with similar surroundings, you are likely to feel fear. Even if the experience is better, your body will be so tense from fear that it will be difficult to realize that the experience was better. You might even perceive pain that isn’t there because you are expecting it. The next time you go to the dentist, you’ll feel even more fear. We have to find a way to break that cycle so that you can have a good experience at the dental office.
Breaking the Cycle
For patients with serious fears, the best way to break the cycle is to offer sedation. We will prescribe a simple oral sedative for you to take about an hour before your appointment. When you come in, you will already be feeling very relaxed. We’ll take you back for your procedure, whether it’s a cleaning or something more complicated. If you are still feeling anxious, we can also offer nitrous oxide, which will help you relax a bit more while we work. After the procedure is over, you will feel rested, safe, and completely at ease.
If you are stuck in a cycle of fear, it’s time to break that cycle with sedation dentistry. Come into the office and leave the office in a calm manner, and the next time you need dental work, you won’t feel nearly as nervous! Contact us today to set up your appointment. Let us know about your fears ahead of time, and we’ll make sure you are completely comfortable in our office!