Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Brunette woman leans her head back, breathing deeply with her hand to her chin, trying to relax about her dental visit

While we love coming in to work each day, we know many people aren’t as thrilled to step into a dentist’s office. Whether it’s because they’ve had bad experiences in the past or have dental anxiety, plenty of people do everything they can to avoid getting treatment done on their teeth. The problem is, skipping out on dental appointments could put you in jeopardy of not just oral health concerns, but overall health concerns too.

3 Tips to Relax at the Dentist

At Red Oak Family Dentistry, we’ve designed our office to be an inviting, relaxing space. We want every person to be able to see the dentist without fear. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you experience a calm, stress-free dental visit!

  1. Consider Dental Sedation
  2. It’s common for dental practices these days to offer some form of sedation dentistry to help ease patients’ nerves. These methods are a safe, effective way to feel a state of calm throughout your appointment. Ask your dentist what options are available to you!

    At our practice, we offer different types of sedation, including IV sedation. As its name suggests, IV sedation is a liquid administered through an IV. It’s a great option for those with high levels of dental anxiety or fear. With IV sedation, we can help you feel completely relaxed.

  3. Take Advantage of Amenities
  4. Have you noticed that dental offices are starting to feel more and more like homes and spas? Amenities can be a big help for helping patients get comfortable and forget about their fear. Be sure to check if your dentist has any that you can take advantage of during your visit!

    Patients at Red Oak Family Dentistry will find a suite of amenities at their disposal. There are complimentary beverages in our reception area, comfy blankets and pillows for snuggling up in the dental chair, and TVs in the treatment rooms for some added entertainment. We also have iPads, games, and toys for the little ones!

  5. Talk to Your Dentist
  6. Building a trusted, open relationship with your dentist can work wonders for eliminating your worries. You should feel free to share your concerns with your doctor so that they can take the necessary steps to ensure your comfort during your appointment.

    Dr. Do enjoys getting to know his patients and helping tailor their care to their personal needs. He can explain the dental technology more in-depth so it doesn’t sound as scary, and take breaks whenever necessary or slow down his work to ease you into the process.

We Can Help You Feel Safe & Comfortable

If fear of the dentist is stopping you from having your very best smile, contact our friendly team at Red Oak Family Dentistry so we can see how we can help you.

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