Special dental patients require a special office and staff to meet their needs. Whether it’s severe dental anxiety, fear of the dentist, or physical needs, choosing the appropriate care provider can help make your dental treatment a positive experience from beginning to end. Just one bad experience can make it difficult for the special needs dental patient to ever visit a dental office again. However, a detailed, sensitive staff and dentist can change this and help provide necessary, routine care to every patient, no matter what their needs are.
The right dentist will listen to and understand all of your personal needs and concerns that you present. Begin by relaying these to the receptionist at the time of scheduling your appointment. While it may seem embarrassing to mention that you or your loved one has anxiety about dental care, it’s completely normal. The right dental provide will be able to tailor your experience to provide comfort and relaxation from the moment you arrive until you leave. Let your provider know what your expectations are, as well as any concerns that you may have. Together, you can work as a team to provide you with comprehensive care that is also gentle enough to keep you at ease through your entire appointment.
When needed, some dentists will help ease your fear or anxiety by offering sedation or sleep dentistry services. Mild anesthesia with nitrous oxide may also be an option to help you relax throughout the entire appointment while also being conscious of your surroundings.
By communicating your feelings and needs to your dental care provider, they can better serve you and meet your expectations. Never feel ashamed or embarrassed to let your dental team know how you feel. The more information you provide, the better they will know how to help you enjoy the experience as much as possible.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman
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