One of the most common reasons that patients avoid seeing the dentist is due to anxiety about dental treatment. Perhaps their last visit to the dentist was one that was extremely negative and resulted in frustration or discomfort. As a result, that person waits years before seeing a dentist again, and quite possibly develops serious dental problems due to putting off their routine checkups.
Today’s dentists are very focused on providing attentive care that addresses the needs of anxious dental patients. They expect their patients to identify their concerns and fears to them, so that they can provide better care throughout their time in the office. Patients should expect just as much attention directed to their comfort in the treatment chair as they do to the quality of treatment that they are receiving. In fact many offices now work so hard to create a relaxing atmosphere that you might even think that you’ve walked into a spa.
Even when a gentle touch is not enough, many dentists also provide services that help the most anxious patients manage their comfort levels more appropriately. Sleep or sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide, or prescription anti-anxiety medications allow most patients to undergo the necessary treatment that is needed to restore the health and function of their smile.
If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a dentist and the primary reason is due to anxiety, feel free to schedule a consultation visit with your new dentist. At this appointment you can expect a stress-free visit that allows the dentist to discuss your concerns, identify any areas of treatment that may be needed, and make a plan for a future visit that addresses these needs.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman
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