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Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is very common with dental procedures. Anxiety can come from many different sources. Patients also differ in degrees of anxiety. Thanks to modern dentistry, we can treat this accordingly with a high level of success.

 

Sources of anxiety

 

Reasons for anxiety are as different as people, but some are more common than others. The most common source is a past bad experience. This is most often from childhood experiences before modern anesthesia and techniques. Another source is phobias of the sights and sounds of the dental office. Many patients do not like the sounds of drills but unfortunately, they are a necessity. We recommend the use of an i-pod during treatment to mask the sound of the drill. Some patients are simply afraid of needles, and this is very understandable.

 

Methods of treatment for anxiety:  

 

Nitrous Oxide: “Laughing Gas” has been around for years and is very effective for mild anxiety.  It is quick acting and will help you feel relaxed while not altering your senses or reflexes. This is safe and the effects wear off after breathing 5 minutes of oxygen.


Oral Sedation:
Many drugs are available to treat anxiety. These can be discussed with each patient. They require that you are driven to your appointment.