Are you nervous about scheduling your next dentist appointment?
Dental anxiety often holds patients back from receiving their necessary dental care. Unfortunately, procrastinating on dental care only leads to dental concerns worsening over time. Additionally, if you do not receive preventative dental care on a regular basis, you are more at risk for destructive dental diseases and issues that have costly consequences.
At Esthetic Dental Solutions, we strive to make our office a space of tranquility for our patients so you don’t have to worry about your next dental appointment. However, we understand that many patients have dental anxiety that extends outside of our office.
Whether you have had a bad experience in a previous dentist’s chair or if you are uncomfortable with loud noises and drilling sounds, our office is here to help you with sedation dentistry options. With our variety of sedative options, we will help you feel relaxed and calm before, during, and after your procedure.
Dental Anxiety: What You Need To Know
While dental concerns can be anxiety-inducing, it’s important not to procrastinate on seeking dental care. If you suspect something is wrong with your gums, teeth, or jawbone, odds are this issue will not get better on its own. You need to seek professional dental help to avoid the progression of smaller issues into larger, more costly ones.
Preventative care is the best way to avoid major dental issues. We recommend scheduling regular appointments with your trusted dentist in Alpharetta, GA, at least once every six months. While this means that you will need to see your dentist more frequently, it also means that you are less likely to develop dental issues that result in more invasive and costly procedures that are often the source of most dental anxiety in the first place.
Dental Anxiety: What You Can Do
For our most anxious patients, we recommend sedation dentistry options. Sedation dentistry has helped patients with even the most extreme fear of the dentist experience comfortable and enjoyable appointments. We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options, including:
- Local Anesthetic
- The Wand Anesthesia System
- Oral Sedation
- Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas)
Schedule a dental exam with our trusted and compassionate dentist in Alpharetta, GA today. Call our dental care team at 678-228-8589 to learn more about your options and how we can provide you with anxiety-free dentistry.
Dental Anxiety FAQs
How can I calm my anxiety before going to the dentist?
Many people experience dental anxiety. The best way to calm your nerves is to communicate with our dentist. Dental anxiety is very common, so our dentist deals with it on a daily basis and can find ways to make you more comfortable during your appointment. Patients should drink water before their appointment, and practice deep breathing if they find that they are becoming overwhelmed.
What does the dentist give for anxiety?
Dentists can prescribe anti-anxiety drugs, typically Valium, to patients who struggle with severe dental anxiety. Patients should take this approximately one hour before their dentist appointment. Our dentist can also discuss and suggest sedation options such as conscious sedation (laughing gas).
Why am I so nervous at the dentist?
Many things can cause dental anxiety, but it is most commonly due to a past traumatic dental experience. Patients may not even remember the trauma but the anxiety and post traumatic stress still affects them. If you suffer from dental anxiety know that you are not alone and there are options to help calm your nerves. Our dental care team can make your experience more comfortable.
Should I tell my dentist I have anxiety?
If you’re afraid of the dentist office because of a negative encounter in the past or because of a phobia, don’t worry. Helping our dentist and the rest of the staff know that you’re anxious will go a long way toward making your visit as pleasant as possible. We can help to make you as comfortable as possible.
How common is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety affects about 36% of the population. That means more than three in ten people have dental anxiety. It is not uncommon, and our office deals with many patients each day that struggle with dental anxiety.
Can I take anxiety meds before the dentist?
You can begin taking anti-anxiety medications, such as diazepam, also known as valium, up to one hour before your appointment. Our dentist may recommend conscious sedation, such as nitrous oxide, if you have anxiety about your procedure.