Fear. Anxiety. Discomfort. Are these words that describe how you typically feel when you think about the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. Statistics show that nearly 15 percent of Americans suffer from some form of dental phobia – ranging in severity from sweaty palms to paralyzing fear.
Whether you fear the dentist due to a prior bad experience, or simply from hearing stories from others, the truth is that the dentist isn’t all that scary when you’re being treated by a professional like Dr. Richard Champagne. And, there are many things that you can do to overcome your fear of the dentist. Take a look at some of our tips below.
1. Take a Tour of the Office
Fear and anxiety of any sort typically arises from the unknown. Being uncertain about what you may experience can lead your mind to all sorts of panic-inducing thoughts. Rather than succumb to those thoughts, however, you can get rid of the “unknown” by simply facing it head on.
If you’re a new patient to our office, we’d be happy to schedule a time for you to come in, meet our staff and see our modern facilities and technology before your first procedure appointment. We understand that many patients are nervous about their first time visiting any office, especially the dentist. We’re happy to take the time to help you get familiar with our team and answer any questions you may have.
2. Speak Up
One of the best ways to conquer your fear of the dentist is to talk to the dentist about those fears. Communicating your needs to Dr. Champagne can help him figure out the best way to manage those fears and make you feel as comfortable as possible. This could mean anything from talking through each step of the treatment with you or establishing a queue for when you’re wanting him to slow down or stop. Speaking up allows you to take control of the situation, so there is nothing to be afraid of.
3. Consider Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a great solution for dental patients who are worried about pain or discomfort during their dental procedure. With most sedation dentistry techniques, the patient is awake throughout the entire procedure but experiences a euphoric feeling. In addition, for particularly lengthy procedures, Champagne Smiles also offers general anesthesia under the guidance of certified anesthesiologist Dr. Gordon Barnes. Rather than worry about which tool the dentist is going to use next, patients who undergo sedation dentistry are completely calm and at ease.
Dr. Champagne is one of the most experienced sedation dentists in New Jersey and he offers several sedation dentistry techniques to suit the needs to his patients. Among the sedation dentistry techniques he offers are oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV sedation. The level of sedation that you undergo will vary based on the procedure being performed, and your own personal preferences. You can learn more about the sedation dentistry options at Champagne Smiles, here.
4. Visit the Dentist Frequently
Another great way to stop fearing the dentist is to make sure you practice positive oral health habits, and visit the dentist frequently – a check-up at least every 6 months. Visiting the dentist regularly takes the mystery out of the visit and can help you feel more comfortable with each passing appointment. In addition, properly caring for your teeth can go a long way in preventing lengthy dental procedures, which often lead to the biggest dental fears. No patient wants to hear that they have cavities. Practicing positive oral health habits can reduce the risk of oral health issues and help turn each dental appointment into a positive experience, rather than a negative one.
Get in Touch With Dr. Champagne Today
As an experienced sedation dentist, Dr. Champagne has helped hundreds of patients finally feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair. If a fear of the dentist has kept you from seeking dental treatment, Dr. Champagne offers many options to help you overcome your phobia and get the care you deserve.