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Dental Anxiety

Overview

Are you experiencing a sense of fear when it comes to dental visits, yet still require essential treatment? You’re not the only one. Recent data from the Dental Association reveals that a significant 22 percent of patients encounter dental anxiety. If your situation aligns with that of numerous individuals, you might find yourself grappling with a certain level of unease when confronted with the need for a dentist’s appointment. The prospect of someone delving into a personal part of your body, including your mouth, gums, and teeth, can undoubtedly be disconcerting.

For certain patients, this uneasiness extends beyond a mild feeling and transforms into a more profound apprehension. Those grappling with severe dental anxiety might find themselves so overwhelmed by the mere thought of visiting a dentist that they actively evade it. Regrettably, this avoidance can lead to a snowball effect, resulting in escalated dental issues necessitating more invasive procedures like tooth extractions, root canals, or immediate dental interventions.

Furthermore, the ramifications of dental anxiety can seep into one’s self-esteem, as concerns about appearance often play a role. While the inner workings of a dental examination may remain a mystery to most patients, adhering to regular dental appointments can significantly mitigate the potential for more daunting complications. By addressing dental anxiety, you can empower yourself to access the preventive care that may avert the need for more intensive dental interventions.

However, it’s important to recognize that conquering dental anxiety is a journey that takes time. Those who grapple with anxiety tend to experience extreme discomfort, nervousness, fear, and even panic at the mere thought of a dental visit. In more severe instances, these emotions can manifest as tangible symptoms. Unfortunately, this fear and anxiety lead many patients to postpone dental visits, sometimes spanning years or even decades. Some individuals avoid dental care altogether until their discomfort reaches an unbearable threshold. The key lies in proactive measures, such as regular cleanings, examinations, checkups, and minor procedures, which can prevent extensive oral health complications. Embracing dental hygiene encompasses more than safeguarding your smile’s integrity; it’s also about overcoming the challenges of dental anxiety. At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we are committed to supporting you on this journey towards a healthier and more confident oral well-being.

Symptoms of Dental Anxiety

Experience a sense of ease at Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry. From queasy stomach and profuse sweating to racing heartbeats and heightened agitation, our comprehensive solutions address a range of concerns:

  • Digestive disturbances
  • Surges of heat and perspiration
  • Palpitations and an accelerated heart rhythm
  • Increased irritability
  • Social withdrawal tendencies
  • Episodes of low blood pressure and potential fainting
  • Instances of overwhelming panic
  • Breathing difficulties and excessive rapid breathing
  • Restlessness and inner turmoil
  • Overwhelming compulsion to shed tears at the mere thought of a dental visit
  • Sleeplessness leading up to dental examinations
  • Profound discomfort associated with dental appointments

Rest assured, at Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we offer an array of techniques and resources, both within our facility and beyond, that empower you to discover effective methods for maintaining composure prior to and following your upcoming dental session. As you incorporate various strategies into your repertoire, you enhance your ability to expertly manage and alleviate your anxiety.

Causes of Dental Anxiety

  • Past Unpleasant Experiences
  • Sensations of Control Slippage
  • Concerns About Anesthetics and Their Potential Side Effects
  • Trust Hesitations
  • Other Apprehensions or Conditions
  • Needle-Related Apprehension
  • Worries About Dental Sounds’ Implications
  • Discomfort Stemming from Invasion of Personal Space

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we acknowledge your distinctiveness, understanding that you bring your own unique history to your dental visits. This history molds your perceptions and apprehensions, significantly influencing your encounter, irrespective of the dental practitioner. By delving into the factors that contribute to your anxiety, you empower yourself to confront it effectively. Among the members of our community, there exists a range of reasons that elicit dental phobia. Your rationale could align with those aforementioned or may spring from an entirely different source. Dedicate time to evaluate the likely origins of your unease and embark on a journey to address these potential triggers.

How We Can Help You Manage Your Dental Anxiety

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we present a diverse range of tools and services meticulously crafted to alleviate anxiety and enhance your comfort during your appointment. Our commitment extends beyond addressing your apprehensions; we extend dental sedation options to mitigate any concerns you might have regarding your treatment. Our dedicated team can assess the appropriateness of our sedation techniques for your specific needs. However, it’s important to recognize that dental sedation may not be suitable for all individuals.

Laughing Gas Sedation

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we specialize in making your dental experience comfortable. Our renowned Laughing Gas sedation technique is widely employed in dentistry for relaxation. The process begins with the gentle placement of a mask, through which the sedative gas is carefully administered. Importantly, you’ll stay awake during your entire appointment, and once the gas is turned off, you’ll swiftly regain your senses in just a matter of minutes. The remarkable advantage? You can promptly return to your usual activities as soon as your appointment concludes.

Oral Sedation

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we offer an elevated level of relaxation through oral sedation, a more potent form of calming compared to laughing gas. If our assessment suggests that laughing gas might not sufficiently alleviate your nervousness, oral sedation could be the ideal solution. Administered approximately 10-15 minutes before your appointment, this sedative can provide enhanced tranquility. On certain occasions, we may combine the use of laughing gas with an oral sedative for optimal effect. While you’ll remain conscious and at ease during the procedure, a brief recovery period is necessary. Consequently, we advise refraining from scheduling immediate activities after any dental procedure that involves the use of an oral sedative.

Sleep Dentistry

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we understand that some patients may need multiple treatments or might find it challenging to undergo procedures while awake. In such cases, sleep dentistry emerges as a highly suitable solution. Our practice is fully equipped to offer safe sleep dentistry right here in our office. Nevertheless, depending on your specific needs, we might also recommend you to a specialized practitioner.
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