Being afraid of going to the dentist is not unusual. Many people get anxious about a dental appointment even if they’re never had a bad experience in the dental chair.
At Aberdeen Smiles in Aberdeen, SD, our team never wants you to be afraid of coming to the dentist. We’re set up to offer you a really comfortable experience here.
Why Dental Anxiety Hurts You
Dental anxiety becomes a problem when it keeps you from getting the dental care you need. If you avoid going to the dentist, then you risk developing problems like tooth decay or gum disease. If you let those problems go, they can develop into something worse. The better regular dental care you get, the healthier your smile will be.
Don’t endure unnecessary pain just to avoid that visit to the dentist. Aberdeen Smiles can fix your dental problem and make you feel comfortable at the same time.
Dental Anxiety: Signs And Causes
Do you feel physically ill at the thought of going to the dentist? Maybe you have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam. Here are some reasons you could be having anxiety:
Fear of pain. Some people let early dental experiences affect the way they feel from then on. Remember that dental technology has come a long way and today most procedures are pain-free.
Fear of needles. You would not be alone if you are scared of needles. We have sedation options that can ease that fear.
Embarrassment. You might feel self-conscious about seeing a dentist if it’s been awhile since you’ve been to one. No one is going to judge you here!
No matter the reason behind your anxiety, the staff at Aberdeen Smiles can make your experience at the dentist so much easier
One of our dentist can sit down with you and talk about your fears. We’ll then determine the best ways to make you feel less anxious. Here are some of the options we offer:
Our Spa-Like Atmosphere
First, we’re going to try to ease your dental anxiety in natural ways. We offer soft massaging dental chairs to help you release any tension. We’ll also wrap you in warm blankets to help you feel more secure.
And when we say “spa-like atmosphere,” we’re not kidding. While you’re here, we’ll even offer you a paraffin wax hand treatment. Now that’s pampering!
You don’t have to worry about feeling any pain during a procedure because we will numb the area we’re going to be working on. If you start to feel any discomfort, just let us know. We’ll adjust the amount of numbness throughout the procedure. Your comfort is our top priority.
You’ve heard of laughing gas, right? That’s the non-technical name for nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a very light form of sedation that isn’t meant to put you asleep. We just use it to help you feel relaxed during an appointment. You’ll still be able to hear and respond to the dentist.
Nitrous oxide sedation is safe for patients of all ages. We’ll place a mask over your face and ask you to inhale during the procedure. People dubbed it “laughing gas” because it produces a feeling of euphoria, which puts you at ease.
Nitrous oxide works quickly and wears off quickly. It’s also easily adjusted during the procedure. It’s a great solution for patients with mild dental fear or anxiety.
It is very important to our team that you feel relaxed during your time with us. We are friendly, warm, and welcoming and will do everything we can to put you at ease. You can even just come in and talk to us before actually making an appointment if it will help you put your mind at ease.
Your comfort is our highest priority. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you feel at home.
Don’t hold back on getting your teeth cared for because of anxiety. Neglected teeth can turn into bigger problems down the road. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That means that fixing little things upfront can keep bigger things from happening later on, bigger things that may require more time and expense to fix.