There is a range of reasons for experiencing dental anxiety, from trauma to a previous bad experience at the dentist office. At East Hills Dental Associates we take the time to listen to fears and dental concerns of our patients and work with them to establish trust so that they can feel more confident when visiting with us.
Fear of the dentist is a leading cause of poor oral health, which also compromises your daily quality of life over time. If you are ready to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile we are here to help.
In some cases, educating our patients on their oral health needs and what to expect during a visit can reduce stress and allow them to feel more relaxed in the dentist’s chair. We take the time to get to know our patients, making every effort to ensure they feel comfortable before beginning treatment.
Dental Sedation in Roslyn Heights
Dr. Sousa also offers conscious sedation options that will allow patients to be in control of bodily functions and responsive during treatment, but completely relaxed and with little to no memory afterward. We will discuss options during your consultation and review your medical history to ensure your safety.
- Oral sedation: Dr. Sousa will prescribe an oral sedative prior to your visit. In most cases, an at-home dose will be recommended for maximum efficacy and you will need to be escorted to and from your procedure.
- Nitrous oxide: this inhalation sedation, also called “laughing gas”, is administered through a tiny cannula placed beneath the nose. It takes effect and wears off almost immediately, allowing patients to drive themselves to and from their appointment.
Fear of the Dentist FAQs
How do dentists deal with dental anxiety?
A good dentist office like East Hills Dental Associates will take the time to listen and understand your fears. Instead of shaming you or pressuring you into treatments, we will work with you to help you receive the dental care you need. Dental sedation has been proven to work because it will keep you completely calm during the whole procedure and you will most likely not remember much from the appointment.
What will happen if I avoid the dentist because of my dental anxiety?
Regular dental appointments are needed to keep your teeth healthy and gums disease-free. If you avoid the dentist, this is going to allow many dental problems to develop and progress. This will mean even more treatment in the future. If the dentist is avoided altogether, you will eventually suffer from tooth loss and disease that will slowly cause your jaw bone to deteriorate. Using dental sedation will help you receive the dental care you need and avoid these serious dental issues.
What can I do to prepare for my dentist appointment if I suffer from fear of the dentist?
The best thing you can do is find ways to cope with the anxiety. This may include breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, music, or talking through your issues. Other things that have worked for patients in similar situations are bringing a person who will help keep you relaxed to the appointment, using a weighted blanket, or listening to music. Scheduling your appointments first thing in the morning will also ensure that you won’t be spending all day stressing about it.