Dental Anxiety

25 August 2014

Reduce Dental Anxiety in a Relaxing Atmosphere

If you feel nervous and anxious every time you think about making a visit to the dentist, you’re not alone. Many patients avoid dental appointments because they fear the pain or discomfort that dental treatments may cause. What they may not realize is that most dental treatments are painless and may only cause minimal discomfort. At Oakville Place Dental Office, our friendly and experienced team of dentists and hygienists strive to make each and every visit a stress-free experience!

Medication Options for Dental Anxiety

Medication options are available for those who suffer from extreme dental anxiety. Topical anesthetics and nitrous oxide are two examples of medications used to relax and numb those undergoing dental procedures.

While our dentists offer several options to help our patients relax, we also understand the value of distraction and entertainment to help soothe and relieve anxiety during a dental visit.

Environmental Settings to Decrease Anxiety

We’ve created an atmosphere that is relaxing and soothing for both children and adults with the help of music and TVs. Each room is mounted with a TV so patients (especially children) can enjoy a distraction while undergoing treatment. From our receptionists at the front desk to our dentists and hygienists, we strive to be friendly and comforting during every appointment and procedure.

Prepare for Your Dental Appointment

Regardless of the situation, some patients build up the treatment in their minds until the anticipation is much worse than the actual event. To help counteract the anxiety and fear common during dental visits, we suggest a few mind/body techniques to help control your anxiety:

  • Pleasant distractions – Bring a personal listening device with your favorite music and focus on images and sounds that help you feel relaxed and peaceful.
  • Smart Scheduling – Schedule your appointment during a non-stressful time. Allow adequate time to get to the appointment without the additional stress of deadlines and traffic.
  • Breathe Deeply – Breathe slowly and deeply, bringing oxygen into the body to relax the central nervous system.
  • Progressive Relaxation – Relax each muscle in the body consciously, starting at the toes and working up to the head.

At Oakville Place Dental, we offer several medical and environmental aids to help patients relax before and during any dental treatment.

Shed Your Fear and Brighten Your Smile

It may seem easy to avoid the dentist, but avoidance will take its toll on your smile and overall oral health. Here at Oakville Place Dental, we are committed to providing our patients with a comforting, relaxing experience during every treatment or procedure. Schedule your next appointment with us today!

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