Easing Dental Anxiety
- April 2, 2017
Most of the time if you have a fear of something, you just avoid it. Don’t like heights? Stay away from ladders and tall buildings. Afraid of the dark? Turn that light on!
Dental phobias are a different matter. It’s a pretty common condition, fear of the dentist. But if you want to keep your smile beautiful and healthy, you shouldn’t avoid going to the dentist.
The staff at Contemporary Dentistry & Implantology in Peabody, MA, understands dental phobias. That’s why we will do everything we can to put you at ease when you come in for an appointment.
Why You Need To See The Dentist
While regular brushing and flossing help to keep teeth clean and healthy, you also need to visit your dentist at least twice a year.
At these routine appointments, we will clean your teeth, removing any plaque or tartar that has formed before it can have long-term consequences. If you have an early form of gum disease, we can reverse it before there is any bone or tooth loss.
We’ll also take X-rays and measurements of your mouth so that the next time you come in, we can easily see if there have been any changes to your teeth or gums. Spotting problems early can help us fix them and prevent more expensive and time-consuming problems from happening later.
If we see any decay in your exam, we can take care of it with a filling. That’s a much better option than losing the tooth altogether at a later time because you neglected it.
What You Can Do To Prepare For The Dentist
When you make your appointment with our office, tell us that you suffer from dental anxiety. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to mention it. All that information will help us with your treatment.
Don’t be afraid to ask the staff questions. Sometimes it’s more of a fear of the unknown than it is fear from an actual bad experience that causes anxiety. We’re here to answer any questions you might have. No questions are too dumb.
What We Can Do For You
We will help you feel more comfortable as soon as you walk in the door. Our friendly staff will smile and greet you and put you at ease. Let’s talk about how we can help you get what you need to feel better, look better, and stay healthy in a relaxing and comfortable environment.
Even though our procedures are mostly painless because of numbing medication, we understand that many patients will still feel anxious. We strive to ensure the comfort of each and every person in our care.
We understand that not all anxiety issues can be taken care of with relaxation techniques. That’s why we offer something called intravenous sedation. This type of sedation gives you a safe and anxiety-free dental experience. Dr. Argeros or Dr. Plourde can determine if IV sedation is right for you.
Intravenous sedation allows you to sleep throughout the procedure. Because it makes you drowsy, after the procedure you will need a family member or friend to drive you home.
This form of dental sedation works successfully with long or complicated procedures. IV sedation allows for both comfortable and anxiety-free treatment. After the procedure is over, you will recover in the same treatment room. To ensure your comfort and safety, you will be monitored by our experienced anesthesia team.
At Contemporary Dentistry and Implantology, we understand that many patients experience some type of dental anxiety. If you have dental anxiety, we will cater to you by making sure you are completely comfortable while in our care.
If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, you certainly aren’t alone. We can talk with you about how we can help you get the dental work you need. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have.
Get in to see us before you’ve developed any dental problems. Call today at 978-278-1760 to set up an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry & Implantology. You can also set up an appointment using our online form.