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How to Prevent Dental Anxiety

Craig Goldin DDS Aug 23, 2012

Anxious about the Dentist? Fear No More

Troy Dental Anxiety TreatmentIt’s not uncommon to dread going to the dentist, especially if you have a well-founded reason to believe your dental health has been neglected, or if you had a terrible experience at the dentist in the past. However, there is a difference between dread and dental anxiety. Research shows that up to 20 percent of people actually steer clear of the dentist because of anxiety.

At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, Drs. Craig and Marcy Goldin and their friendly staff work to create a tranquil environment at our luxury facility, where you as the patient can feel completely at ease, even to the point of looking forward to attending future appointments. In Troy, dental anxiety does not need to remain an issue!

How to Prevent Dental Anxiety

Our trusted dentists, Drs. Craig and Marcy Goldin, also encourage people who are prone to dental anxiety, whether they are patients at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute or not, to do the following to put their fears of the dentist to rest:

  • Discuss your fear of the dentist with your Troy cosmetic dentist. Letting your doctor and his or her team know about your feelings will make them all the more willing to meet your special needs and provide a thoughtful, relaxing dental experience.
  • If you feel that your dentist and his or her team do not take your concerns seriously, by all means change dentists! Feeling like you are cared for and taken seriously is extremely important, going a long way in easing fears.
  • To feel more in control, should that be an area of anxiety for you, ask the dentist and staff to explain treatment step by step. This will allow you to mentally prepare for what is going to occur during every stage of your treatment.
  • Establish a signal with your dentist and staff so that you can get a break to take a breath or rinse your mouth when you need it. An example of a signal can be blinking your eyes twice in a row.
  • Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. With the help of medication, you could be thoroughly relaxed or enjoy a serene sleep during your dental treatment, be it a simple tooth cleaning or a complex dental procedure. For our patients in Troy, sedation dentistry is an effective solution in the treatment of dental anxiety.

Is your dental anxiety so severe that you actually lose sleep over going to the dentist or feel faint at the dentist? People experiencing these sorts of symptoms and who only go to the dentist when they absolutely cannot put it off any longer due to tooth or gum pain may actually be suffering from dental phobia, something much more severe than dental anxiety. Those with dental phobia should also communicate their feelings to their dentist.

Learn More about Preventing Dental Anxiety

For those in the Michigan areas of Clawson, Birmingham, and Troy, dental anxiety can be quelled at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute. Our dentists, Drs. Craig and Marcy Goldin, invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment or learn more about how we can make your dental experiences more pleasant ones.

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