An estimated 9% to 15% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. That’s nearly 40 million people.
One of our goals at Hires Dental Care is ensuring that all patients, even the most fearful, are comfortable and relaxed during treatment. You’ll find that our friendly staff listens to your concerns and tailors treatment specific to your needs. What you won’t find are any surprises – our doctors and hygienists will thoroughly explain every step of treatment beforehand, giving you the opportunity to ask questions.
At Hires Dental Care, we offer an array of amenities to help alleviate your anxiety, such as massaging treatment chairs, headphones, and warm blankets. We also provide different levels of sedation dentistry in order to fit any patients’ needs.
People often use the words “anxiety” and “phobia” to mean the same thing, but they are different. Those with dental anxiety will have a sense of uneasiness when it’s time for their appointments. They’ll have exaggerated or unfounded worries or fears. Dental phobia is a more serious condition. It’s an intense fear or dread. People with dental phobia aren’t merely anxious. They are terrified or panic-stricken.
People with dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. Avoiding the dentist may have emotional costs as well. Discolored or damaged teeth can make people self-conscious and insecure. They may smile less or keep their mouths partly closed when they speak. Some people can become so embarrassed about how their teeth look that their personal and professional lives begin to suffer. Don’t suffer any longer! Call Hires Dental Care today!
Symptoms of dental anxiety:
- extreme stress at the dentist’s office
- fear of pain during a dental procedure
- fear of strong gag reflex
- fear of loss of control while undergoing dental procedures
- sense of uneasiness when going to dental appointments
- worries or fears related to going to the dentist
Symptoms of dental phobia:
- experiencing terror and/or panic at the thought of going to the dentist
- refraining from going to the dentist, even when you experience infections or broken teeth
- unlikely to make or attend dental appointments due to dental anxieties
- speak up – let us know when scheduling your appointment if you have any dental-related fears and remind us when you’re here. Our dental team are able to better treat you if they understand your needs. Also, never be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions or let us know if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.
- distract yourself – we are happy to provide you with headphones, sunglasses, blankets, or even something to keep your hands busy like a stress ball.
- talk to the hand – empower yourself by agreeing on hand signals to communicate with your dentist or hygienist. When you feel uncomfortable, signal the dentist to ease off or stop the procedure.
- breathe – when people are nervous, they tend to hold their breath. This decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of panic. As in some meditation techniques, a focus on slow, regular breathing helps reduce stress levels.
Sedation Dentistry Options
- Oral sedation: administered in the form of a pill, this no-needle type of sedation allows the patient to be in control of their bodily functions and responsive, yet unable to feel pain
- Nitrous oxide: also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide allows the patient to be responsive, but unaware of pain and able to be relaxed during treatment.
- IV sedation: Our dentists are certified in conscious intravenous sedation that can aid in relieving extreme anxiety.
Hires Dental Care is dedicated to helping you maintain your oral health and your dentist will work with you to help determine the best sedation option for your needs.