Halloween may be over, but we know that many people have fears that persist all year. Dental anxiety in particular is an issue that prevents many people from keeping their mouths as healthy as they could be.
We don’t want to add to your fears and concerns, so we aren’t going to spend today’s post discussing what could happen if you don’t visit the dentist. Instead, we want to discuss ways we make dental care easier for our patients in and around Panama City, FL.
Panama City Smiles isn’t just the name of our practice. It’s also what we hope to see on the faces of all of our patients before, during, and after their visits to our office. Since we opened, we have put our patients and their needs first. By making this one of our main priorities, we have found ways to help many people overcome or at least learn to manage their anxieties to get the dental care they need.
It’s OK If You Have Dental Anxiety
There’s nothing wrong with you if you feel hesitant to make a dental appointment. According to experts, as many as 1 in 5 Americans experience some level of dental anxiety. Many of them will avoid dental care unless it’s an absolute emergency.
We don’t have to tell you that regular dental cleanings and exams could help avoid those emergencies. You probably know this already, but that doesn’t make it any easier to make an appointment or to sit down in a dentist’s chair.
That’s takes something else. That takes dental professionals who want to meet you where you are emotionally. That takes a willingness to work with patients to help them feel cared for and comforted when they come to our practice.
We are happy to say that we have helped more patients than we can count make that transition. We look forward to seeing them each time they come in for a cleaning.
And we want to help you — or someone you love — too. It starts with a conversation. When we understand the reasons for your anxiety and how severe your anxiety is, we can develop a plan that will help you.
Know The Reasons For Your Dental Anxiety
People experience dental anxiety for many reasons. One thing you can do to help yourself is to ask yourself some questions. Exploring the reasons for your anxiety can go a long way in learning to manage it.
Here are some questions to consider:
⚫ When do you start to feel anxious about going to the dentist: before you call for an appointment, when you sit in the dentist chair, or some time in between?
⚫ Have you had a bad dental experience that has affected how you feel about dental care?
⚫ Are you bothered by the sounds of dental equipment being used?
⚫ Are there any particular pieces of equipment you are worried about?
⚫ Are you concerned that your treatment may be painful or that you may gag?
Answering these questions for yourself can help you discuss them with us, and it can help us figure out a plan that will make dental care easier for you.
Managing Dental Anxiety
While our long-term goal may be to overcome anxiety about visiting the dentist, you should not expect that to happen in a single visit to our office. With each visit, it can become a little easier, and eventually, you may even find that you feel relaxed about dental care.
We offer a range of comfort items that can make your visits easier to handle. Many people appreciate our private rooms and longer appointment options. Pillows and blankets can help you feel cozy. Listening to music or watching television can serve as a distraction to take your mind off your cleaning.
A trusted friend or family member can provide support by just being at the office with you.
And if you are interested, we do offer dental sedation options as well. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know.