Halloween is a great time to face your fears — and that includes your fear of the dentist.
If fear and anxiety have been keeping you from getting the dental care you need, you’re in good company. It’s estimated that as many as one in five adults have avoided dentist visits because of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Read on for three ways you can overcome your fear of the dentist, and consider the caring team at Alabama Family Dental in Mobile, AL for your oral health needs. We pride ourselves on making every experience in our office a positive one. Give us a call at (251) 241-0890 to schedule an appointment today.
1. Choose a comfortable environment with caring dental professionals.
For many adults, the fear of the dentist is rooted in a past experience. Perhaps there was a painful procedure at some point in time, or maybe you just felt as though your dentist was dismissive about your concerns.
At Alabama Family Dental, you are our top priority. From the time you walk into our office, we go the extra mile to make you feel like family.
We want to get to know who you are as a person, including any worries you have about your dental care. If you have questions about your treatment or dental health, feel free to ask! We want to make sure you have you have the information you need to feel comfortable before, during, and after any procedure.
Beyond that, if there are other things you need in order to have a stress-free visit — like a neck pillow or your favorite music — let us know! We’d be happy to accommodate your needs.
If you’re ready to experience our dedication to patient comfort, give Alabama Family Dental a call today at (251) 241-0890.
2. Practice relaxation techniques.
Studies show that relaxation techniques can help alleviate fears before or during a dental procedure. The National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends diaphragmatic breathing to reduce stress. Here’s how it works.
- Sit up straight. Rest one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen.
- Exhale fully until your lungs feel empty.
- Begin inhaling slowly and evenly, counting your breathing until your lungs feel full.
- Then, exhale slowly. Continue counting and ensure that you exhale longer than you inhale.
Once you practice this a few times, it’s something that you can do discreetly, even outside your home. Perhaps it’ll help you in our waiting room or in the chair before a dental procedure.
The NCBI also recommends pairing this deep breathing exercises with muscle relaxation techniques, where you tense and then release a targeted set of muscles. Along with the excellent care we provide, these techniques will calm you during your visit.
3. Consider sedation dentistry.
For intense anxiety, we offer sedation options to alleviate stress during any dental procedure. There are different kinds of dental sedation, and which type you choose affects how you experience your dental procedure.
In addition to helping people who are afraid of the dentist, dental sedation may be beneficial for you if you are undergoing a lengthy procedure, have a bad gag reflex, have a hard time sitting still, or simply want a completely pain-free experience at the dentist.
At Alabama Family Dental, we offer two types of dental sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation. Commonly known as “laughing gas,” you’ll quickly feel the effects of nitrous oxide after just a few deep breaths from a mask placed over your nose. Although you’ll remain conscious throughout the procedure, you’ll have limited awareness of what’s going on around you. Some say they feel a sort of euphoria and calmness under the effects of nitrous oxide. However, the effects wear off almost immediately after the gas it turned off, so you’ll likely be able to drive home afterward.
- Oral Sedation. With oral sedation, we prescribe a pill you’ll take at a predetermined time before your appointment. This is a great option if you’re undergoing a more involved procedure or have intense fears. You’ll may feel groggy or sleepy under the influence of oral sedation, so you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from our office.
Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist
If you’re ready to get your smile back on track after years of avoiding the dentist, let Alabama Family Dental help. We’re committed to your comfort and safety! Give us a call today at (251) 241-0890.