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Tense patient? Overcome Your Uneasiness of the Dentist!

Aug 20

If you are a nervous patient or have dental fear, anxiety, or phobia and are thinking about going to the dentist in Burlington, please read on before you give up! Dental patients worldwide suffer from dental anxiety, fear, and phobias. A fear, anxiety, or dread of the dentist can prevent someone from receiving dental care when they most need it.


We hope to alleviate some of your anxiety and reassure you that you will be well taken care of while sitting in a dental chair.


What Can Help You Feel Less Anxious?

Consider what helps you relax when you are feeling anxious. Of course, everyone is unique, but some common remedies can help patients relax.


Some patients may find that listening to music or reading during their appointment helps distract them from what is happening. If this is something you think may help you, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide headphones and music for you during your treatment.


Other patients prefer to watch television during their dental appointments. Therefore, our office has TVs in every operatory so our patients can watch during their dental work.


Some patients like to bring a friend or family member with them to their dental appointment. If you would feel more comfortable with someone else in the room, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.


Still, others find that knowing what to expect during their appointment helps ease their anxiety. So, if you would like a tour of our office or have any questions about your upcoming appointment, please do not hesitate to ask. We are more than happy to help!

What If My Anxiety Is Severe?

If your anxiety is more severe, we can discuss sedation options with you. We offer oral and IV sedation to help our patients feel relaxed during their treatment. If you have any questions about dental anxiety, fear, or phobias, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, don't hesitate to contact our office today.


Be Not Embarrassed

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone and should not be embarrassed. You will not be judged if you have not seen a dentist in a while. A previous negative experience is a common reason why patients wait months or even years before visiting the practice (most commonly as a child). If you are afraid of the dentist, tell your dentist what you are so scared of and witness what they can do to make your familiarity with it more pleasant. For example, if you are afraid of needles, perhaps they can use a numbing gel before administering the shot. If you have trouble getting numb, ask your dentist to provide Conscious Sedation Dentistry.


This is where you will be given medication (either through a pill or intravenously) to make you drowsy but still able to respond to commands. You will not be asleep, but you likely will not remember much of the appointment.


Conscious sedation is an option for many routine procedures such as cleanings, crowns, bridges, and even some root canals. Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes—be sure to ask your dentist what they can do to help you have a more positive experience at the dentist.


Begin with a simple dental examination (Checkup)

Suppose you have dental fears, dental anxiety, or dental phobia. In that case, we recommend beginning with a Dental Examination (Checkup) - this will help you become acquainted with the environment and team caring for you before any dental treatments and will make your next appointment for dental treatment less intimidating.


The first appointment is an excellent opportunity to ask the Dentist any questions or concerns you may have, as well as to express your fears so that they can do everything possible to put you at ease.


The initial checkup allows us to assess the health of your teeth and gums and determine what treatment may be necessary. Then, your dentist will create a treatment plan for you to know how long the procedure will take and what things are you going to expect at each stage.


Here at Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to provide the best possible care for our patients, and we understand that some patients may feel anxious about dental procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We would be more than happy to help you!