Working Together Can Decrease Dental Anxiety
We all need help sometimes. It’s OK to ask for help, and it’s OK to admit when you are anxious or afraid.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want to know if you experience dental anxiety. This first step will help us help you. We don’t judge you. We understand that for millions of people coming to the dentist can be a difficult experience.
You may not remember how long it’s been since you visited any dentist, but you probably have a good idea why you don’t like going.
Today is a good day for you to learn how you can manage your dental fear, and if you live in or near Rochester, MI, you don’t have to do it alone. Our dentists and our staff are on your side, and we are here to support you.
Understanding Your Anxiety
You are an individual, and your reasons for feeling anxious about dental care are your own.
We have learned that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing dental anxiety. This is why we offer a variety of comfort and sedation options to make your treatment easier. (We will talk about these more in a moment.)
First and foremost, we encourage you to think about the possible reasons you feel anxious about the dentist.
Was it a particular experience or a particular dentist that triggered your anxiety?
Do you have a low tolerance for pain? Are you worried that the dentist may use a needle or a drill?
Do you have sensitive teeth?
Do you have sensitive ears? In other words, are you bothered by the sounds associated with dental care?
Do you have a sensitive gag reflex?
Are you worried that the dentist will be judgmental if your teeth aren’t perfect?
Do you feel like you have no control over the situation when you are in a dentist’s chair?
Do you have trouble remaining calm or remaining still during dental care?
Before you call or stop by our office, we would recommend that your write down those things that cause you to feel anxious or fearful about dental care. This may make it easier for you to share your concerns with our team. In turn, this can help our staff find effective ways to help you.
Managing Dental Anxiety
We also encourage you to be patient with yourself.
The first time you visit our office, you may still experience feelings of anxiety. If you have been living with dental fear for years or possibly decades, you should not expect it to go away with one, two, or 10 visits to the dentist.
However, you may find that with each visit, your anxiety goes down a little more. Over time, you may find that your anxiety has gone away. Even if it never goes away completely, you may feel comforted knowing that you are visiting a dentist office that cares about help you stay calm and relaxed throughout your appointment.
So what are some ways that we can help?
It all starts with the welcome you will receive from our staff.
As we get to know you and you get to know us, we will become better at anticipating your needs, and we hope you will feel comfortable letting us know when you need something.
For a patient who does not like the noises that come with dental care, we can provide headphones so you can listen to music instead.
Maybe you would prefer something to distract you from what is happening. We have televisions in each of our rooms, so you can watch your favorite show while a dentist or hygienist is cleaning your teeth.
If there is anything else we can do to help you, please let us know at the time you make your appointment or even during your treatment.
We do offer sedation dentistry as well. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are both safe and effective ways of helping patients remain calm and relaxed.
In our experience, many patients who request dental sedation when they start seeing us will find they need it less and less the longer they are patients with our office.
We’re On Your Side
When you become a patient at Hubbard & Leath Dental, you aren’t on your own. We become part of your support team. We want to work on your behalf so you can keep your mouth healthy and so you can feel a little more comfortable each time you visit our dentist office in Rochester, MI.