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Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety
  • January 24, 2016

You need some dental work, but you’re afraid to get it.

You think you can live with the throbbing pain in your mouth if it means you’ll never have to see the inside of a dental operatory again.

It’s trading one type of pain for another, as you see it, and you’ll take your chances. After all, it’s just a little toothache? What’s the worst that could happen, right?

Even if you’ve just got a toothache today, consider: Months or maybe a year from now, you could be facing a bacterial infection that could threaten your entire smile – even your life – if you don’t take care of it.

Nashua Area Family Dentistry can help you overcome your fears and anxieties about going to the dentist. We excel in creating an environment that’s warmer than the office of your average Washington dentist, and we offer oral sedation therapy to ensure you don’t feel any pain or worry once you’ve made the right choice to get treatment.

 

Barriers to Good Oral Health

 

Research suggests that about 75% of Americans experience some kind of anxiety about dental treatment, with a further 5-10% suffering from a condition that’s known as “dental phobia.” It’s a debilitating form of anxiety that can prevent you from ever getting oral health care, which can lead to terrible problems with your overall health.

That same research shows that those who suffer from dental phobia only go to the dentist in the event of a dental emergency. When it comes to that point, the only solutions I can offer a patient like you in that situation tend to be more expensive and more drastic than if we could have treated them prior to such a desperate development.

Ironically, such an approach only increases patient anxiety: By waiting, you create an emergency, and that emergency procedure reinforces your perception of the dentist in a negative light.

It’s a vicious cycle, and it doesn’t ever need to reach that point. My team and I can show you how.

 

Sedation Dentistry & More

 

While there are plenty of things you can do to change how stress affects your behavior, including mediation, exercise, or therapy, I’d like to focus on the ways in which Nashua Area Family Dentistry can help alleviate your dental fears in order to secure for you the quality, crucial care that you can’t live without.

Once you’re with us, we will do everything in our power to put you at ease. From the moment you walk through our inviting doors we can begin reducing your anxiety in a variety of ways.

We offer longer appointments so you don’t feel rushed or fearful of the prospect of multiple, repeated visits to complete more extensive procedures. Just one, long appointment, and you’re preventing a smile-destroying condition from ever presenting itself.

Many of our procedures can be accomplished on the same-day, so you won’t have to fret over juggling your schedule and your responsibilities just to come back to the dentist. We know you have a life, and we want you to get back to it as soon as possible – just with a healthier, brighter smile!

By this point you must be thinking something along the lines of “Okay, this sounds nice and all, but how does it help me once I’m under the dentist’s drill?

It’s a great question, and for it, we have a great answer in the form of sedation dentistry. Before your procedure, we will give you an oral sedative that will relax you and wash away your anxieties.

Add to the fact that we regularly use local anesthetics when we’re performing more invasive dental procedures, and you have a virtual guarantee that the only pain and discomfort you’ll experience is from what can happen if you refuse to seek treatment and continue to allow your fears to control you.

 

Make A Life-Saving Appointment

 

If you have acute dental phobia, then I cannot stress enough how much danger you could be in when it comes to developing serious diseases inside your mouth.

Let me and my talented team treated your mouth with a care you’ve never known before, because you can’t afford to let your fear ruin the quality of your smile.

Please call us at 603-546-7460 to schedule the appointment that will change your views on dentistry forever, or click here to request an appointment online.