Keep Calm And Plan A Visit To Hubbard & Leath Dental
Do you have dental anxiety? If so, it’s OK. We wish it was easy for everyone to visit the dentist for routine cleanings, but we also know that this is more difficult for some patients than others.
You may be someone who gets anxious thinking about sitting in a dentist’s chair, or maybe you care about someone who struggles with dental anxiety.
We want to help. It’s why we offer a variety of comfort options as well as sedation dentistry at Hubbard & Leath Dental. Our dentist office is located in Rochester Hills, MI, but we see patients from Auburn Hills, Troy, and everywhere in between.
Call or contact us online to learn how we can help you or someone you love manage dental anxiety.
Why Dental Anxiety Matters To Us
Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Leath know that routine dental cleanings and examinations can help prevent and identify oral health problems in the early stages. Likewise, avoiding the dentist increases your risk of developing cavities or gum disease (which can lead to more serious problems if they are not treated).
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
▪︎ 27.4 percent of adults 20 to 44 have untreated tooth decay
▪︎ 38 percent of 18 to 64 years olds have not visited the dentist in the past 12 months
▪︎ 37.6 percent of adults 65 and older haven’t seen a dentist in at least a year
▪︎ 91 percent of American adults will develop at least one cavity in their lifetimes
Do we expect these statistics to convince you to make a dental appointment? No, we don’t.
They are useful in explaining why it’s important for us to make it as easy as we can for you to come to our office. Every member of our staff is dedicated to making your visits as comfortable and relaxing as we can.
Addressing Dental Anxiety Through Comfort Options
Dental anxiety isn’t always easy to explain or understand. The reason(s) you feel anxious about coming to the dentist may be completely different than the next patient who walks through the door.
While sedation dentistry (which we will address later) can be useful for managing anxiety, it’s not the only way to treat this issue. Sometimes all it takes is finding a way to help you relax. Here are some of the things we find have helped many of our patients:
• Flat screen television to distract you during your treatment
• Headphones to listen to music during your treatment
• A caring, compassionate staff
• A judgment-free atmosphere
Some patients’ anxiety comes from not knowing why we do the things that we do. We are happy to answer any questions you have before, during, or after your procedure.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we have learned that listening to our patients and addressing their needs makes dental care easier for everyone involved.
Dental Anxiety And Dental Sedation
For some patients, no comfort option are not going to help them relax. That’s when we may recommend sedation dentistry instead.
With dental sedation, we use medication to put our patients at ease. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation at our dentist office in Rochester Hills.
Sedation dentistry can help patients with a variety of concerns. Here are some of the more common reasons we might recommend dental sedation:
✦ To prevent pain — For some patients, the thought that dental care could hurt is enough to keep them away. With sedation, you can rest assured that you won’t feel a thing.
✦ To remain calm — Anxiety can make it difficult for some patients to sit still. Dental sedation will keep you comfortable and relaxed.
✦ To prevent gagging — Some people have a more sensitive gag reflex than others. This can make dental work trickier. With sedation, gagging isn’t a concern.
✦ To complete complicated procedures — For patients undergoing longer, more complex treatments, sedation makes the procedure much easier to complete.
If you have questions about the different kinds of sedation dentistry, then we welcome you call Hubbard & Leath Dental. A consultation with one of our dentists is a great opportunity to learn about our sedation options and our approach to dental care before you decide if you want to make an appointment.
Help Yourself Manage Your Dental Anxiety
Overcoming dental anxiety is not something you can do overnight. However, the staff at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, will be happy to support you one each step of your journey.