If going to the dentist makes you break out in a sweat, don’t feel embarrassed. “White coat syndrome” or fear of going to doctors’ and dentists’ office is a fairly common occurrence. You may even like your dentist, but the thought of sitting back in the chair makes you feel nervous.
Instead of trying to tough it out, there’s an easier option: tell your dentist. He or she won’t take it personally. Many people experience dental situations throughout their life that cause them to dislike having their teeth worked on. Or, you may simply have sensitive teeth! The sooner your dentist knows this, the sooner they can help.
One of the most common ways to relax patients is to use nitrous oxide during the visit – even if it is just a checkup. Nitrous works quickly and is fully reversible as soon as the appointment is over. There’s no down time and you don’t need anyone else to drive you to the appointment. But – it does help you relax, and it might even make you giggle a little bit.
If more moderate to severe anxiety is a problem, there’s something for that too. Your dentist can prescribe anti-anxiety medication or use a sedative to help you feel like you’re napping though your visit. This is a great way to catch up on things, if you’ve been delaying your dental care for a while. Some patients even prefer being “put under” with IV sedation – which is an option as well. The key is to ask your dentist which one is best, and let them know exactly how you feel.
When you enjoy your visit, your dentist enjoys it as well!
Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
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