You’d be surprised at how many people experience dental anxiety whether it’s a small or great amount. Between 10 and 20% of Americans experience some type of anxiety when going to the dentist, and we know how essential it is to see your dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning.
Some symptoms of dental anxiety and reasons why you may experience it include:
– You experience nervousness or uneasiness when visiting the dentist
– Trouble sleeping before an approaching exam
– Escalated uneasiness in the dentist’s office
– Fear of pain, injections, side effects
– Embarrassment (some may feel uncomfortable in close proximity with others or self-conscious about their teeth)
– The feeling of not being in control
– Unpleasant past experiences
As you may already know, avoiding the dentist can lead to dental problems, infections, and can even affect your overall health. It’s time to overcome those fears and schedule an appointment today! Here are some things you can do to prepare for a comfortable dental appointment:
– Inform our team that you are experiencing dental anxiety, great or small, so we can help ease your concerns. We will help set expectations at the office by taking an approach you’re comfortable with and explain the process beforehand.
– If you feel most comfortable with our team explaining what they’re doing during your appointment, we can do that as well.
– Distract yourself by listening to your favorite music or podcast.
– Focus on deep, slow and even breaths.
– Set up a signal beforehand if you need to notify our dentist that you need a break.
– Bring a friend or family member along who do not experience any type of anxiety. You can have them sit with you or even have them get a dental exam and cleaning beforehand.
Along with our spa-like atmosphere, we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide for our patients to provide the most comfortable, relaxed experience during their dental treatments. For maximum comfort and relaxation, we offer nitrous oxide with vitamin B12. This vitamin boosts the normal function of the brain and nervous system, along with forming red blood cells. When you receive a nitrous oxide treatment, your vitamin B12 levels go down due to the demands which the anesthetic makes on your body. If your vitamin B12 levels are low, you may experience the following:
-Numbness and tingling in the limbs
-Lesions on the spine
Our team is happy to prevent these side effects that can show up long after a nitrous oxide treatment with the help of vitamin B12 for your overall health and wellbeing. Now you can safely experience the positive effects of nitrous oxide for your dental treatments. Please give us a call to learn more and to set up your next visit with us. We look forward to providing you with the personalized level of care you have come to expect from us!