Overcoming Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety prevents many people from seeking the dental care they deserve. If you have been avoiding the dentist due to fear or anxiety, know that you are not alone – we are here to help! Fife Dental Care offers compassionate service and can help you to overcome your dental anxiety, just like we’ve helped so many of
our other patients.
Why Do So Many People Fear the Dentist?
There are various reasons that people experience reluctance to visit the dentist’s office. Some patients are
afraid of pain during dental procedures. Others are made uneasy by the unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds of
a dentist office. Still others fear being shamed or guilt-tripped about their oral health, often due to bad
experiences as a child.
Times have changed however, and the dentistry practiced at Fife Dental Care keeps the patient at the front and center. We won’t shame or lecture you about your oral health; we’ll simply provide the care you need to reach your goals. And by offering state-of-the-art techniques and sedation dentistry services, we can ensure your treatment will be as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety
If the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair makes you uncomfortable, here are a few tips that can help you relax:
- Ask about sedation. We are certified to provide both oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help patients relax.
- Focus on a distraction. We provide chair-side televisions that you can watch during your procedure. You may also wish to wear headphones and listen to music to block out unfamiliar sounds.
- Be prepared. Do some research in advance of your appointment so that you know what to expect. We’ll be happy to take the time to answer your questions and help you understand. Patients also find that arriving early can help to ease their nerves. Bring someone you trust to your appointment for emotional support.
One of the best strategies for overcoming dental anxiety is to discuss your fears in advance with your dentist or dental hygienist. We can help you understand what to expect and make accommodations to help you be comfortable throughout your procedure. Contact Fife Dental Care today to get started!