The First Step To Top Dental Anxiety
You walk into Hubbard & Leath Dental calmly. You see the familiar faces, and you smile.
“Good morning, Mary,” you say. “I have an appointment for a cleaning today.”
“It’s good to see you again,” Mary replies. “I’ll let them know that you are here.”
You start to flip through a magazine but before you can settle on an article to read, you are called back to the patient room.
Cheryl, one of the dental hygienists, will be cleaning your teeth today. Before she starts, you receive a set of headphones, and she sets the radio to your favorite station.
You open your mouth and close your eyes. You get lost in the music, and before you know it, Cheryl is gently touching your arm to let you know your cleaning is finished.
“Good job,” she tells you. “No cavities and you stayed relaxed the whole time.”
No long ago, you wouldn’t have been able to do that. You are so glad that you made that first appointment a couple years ago. This dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, has really helped you learn to manage your dental anxiety .
Too Good To Be True?
Does the story above sound too good to be true? Could you really learn to manage your dental fear without any kind of sedation dentistry?
Yes, you can, but you have to be patient with yourself. Unfortunately, dental anxiety can develop quickly as a result of a bad incident with a dentist. It can come on gradually to if you were forced to go to a dentist you may not have liked when you were younger.
Dental anxiety is common. Some experts have estimated that up to 75 percent of the U.S. population experiences at least mild dental anxiety. Now, many people have found ways to cope with those feelings either on their own or with the help of their family dentist.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want to be a practice that helps make oral care easier for all our patients.
We don’t expect you to walk in our door and feel the anxiety melt away instantly. No, we understand that you may never overcome your dental anxiety, but it can become easier to deal with if you are willing to take it one step at a time.
Just keep in mind that our staff will be here to support you every step of the way.
Your First Step
As a first step, we suggest scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists. You won’t have to sit in a dentist chair, which can help make this initial visit easier.
This is a chance for you to sit down across a desk and just talk to Dr. Leath or Dr. Hubbard. You can use this time to ask questions about our approach to dental care and to get to know a little about our team.
We will be glad to discuss the ways we work to make our patients feel comfortable when they come to see us.
Some patients find it comforting to understand the specifics of their treatment. Knowing what will be happening and why we are doing those things can make it easier to receive the treatment.
Other patients would rather not know too much. They might prefer to think about something else, and leave the dental care to us, the dental professionals.
You may find it beneficial to have some to distract your attention during your dental visit. This is why we have flat screen television in each of our patient rooms and why we will happily provide headphones if you would rather listen to music.
We also know that some patients will need a little more help to feel relaxed. This is when our sedation options are extremely useful.
For most procedures, nitrous oxide is an extremely effective form of dental sedation.
You may know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. It got its name because of the euphoric feelings that many patients feel when they inhale it.
While you are breathing the gas, you will stay calm, you won’t feel pain, and you won’t gag. There’s a good chance you won’t have any memory of your treatment, either, which many patients consider a good thing.
Are You Ready To Take Your First Step?
If so, then the staff at our dentist office will be happy be welcome you as we welcome our other patients from Rochester Hills, Troy, and other nearby Michigan communities.