Experiencing fear and anxiety over visiting the dentist is not unusual. Many people visualize a drill-wielding figure in a white coat waiting to cause pain and remove teeth. However, the reality is very different. Your comfort is at the heart of each treatment we provide, and we do everything we can to help relieve your anxiety and fears and provide you with quick, painless, and effective treatments. Please contact AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 if you experience dental anxiety and fear, and schedule a time to speak with Drs. Andrew McDonald, Trang Thai, and Valerie De Leon about your concerns. We are here to help you in any way we can.
Dental anxiety and fear can be overwhelming. It has been estimated that as many as 35 million people actively avoid visit the dentist as a result of their fear, leaving them at risk to developing many serious dental problems.
Some of the most common dental fears include:
- Fear of embarrassment over the condition of your teeth
- Fear of gagging
- Fear of injections
- Fear of the loss of control
- Fear of not becoming numb when injected with an anesthetic
- Fear of pain
- Fear of the drill or hand piece
- Fear of the dentist as a person
Here are a few ways to help reduce your anxiety:
- Talk to our dentists. If you do not know about your fear, we cannot help you. If we are aware of your anxieties, we can take precautions and make arrangements to ensure your comfort.
- Bring a portable music player. Music can relax you and block out any fear-producing noises.
- Agree on a signal in advance. When you begin to feel fear, anxiety, or pain, you can give the signal, and our dentists will stop your procedure to check on your comfort levels.
- Use a throat spray. This can control your gag reflex. Two or three sprays is usually enough to keep your gag reflex under control.
- Bring a mirror. Sometimes the worst part of your treatment is being unable to see what is happening in your mouth. If you bring a mirror, you can watch the procedure.
- Sedation dentistry. If there is no other way for you to cope, we can provide a sedative to help you relax and remain calm during your treatment.
- Ask about alternative treatments. Advances in dentistry have made it possible for us to perform the same treatments in several different ways. Before your treatment, discuss your options with our dentists to determine the best method for you.
Contact our office if you have questions or concerns about dental anxiety or fear.