If the thought of a trip to the dentist makes you feel uneasy, nervous or worried, you are not alone. There are many people who are afflicted with dental anxiety or phobia to the point where they won’t even make an appointment. That shouldn’t be you and it doesn’t have to be. Delaying needed dental care doesn’t do anyone any favors and can actually make your condition worst. There are ways you can experience anxiety-free dental care.
The cause of anxiety can be a multitude of things. Some are scared that there will be too much pain or fear the loss of control that can be embarrassing. Some have a fear of needles or are afraid of gagging or choking. Many feel uncomfortable at having someone so close to their face. None of those have to be you!
The first step might seem obvious, but when you are anxious about something, it may not be immediately clear as to why. Identify what it is that scares you and discuss it in detail with your dentist. Learn about mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques that may help you. It’s perfectly acceptable to bring a friend if it helps.
It’s not uncommon for people to opt for oral sedation for anxiety-free dental care. The first step is to make sure you’re healthy enough for it, which may include a review of your medical history and checking your blood pressure. After determining your eligibility, you may be given an oral medication with instructions to not operate any heavy machinery, including driving.
A Place for You
Visit us at Pearland Family Dentistry in Houston for anxiety-free dental care. We can help ease your mind and we have a fantastic staff to help you relax. Our atmosphere is calming and welcoming. We invite you to come see for yourself. 832-649-7344.