Are you afraid of seeing a dentist? This is quite common and very normal. Past experiences, pain, and fear of the unknown can all feed a fear of receiving dental care. You are not alone and we provide options to our patients to help alleviate this anxiety.
“The needle, if only I could avoid the anesthetic injection!”
I can personally identify with anyone afraid of dental anesthetic injections. Did you know that many dentists and hygienists utilize various techniques to lower the pain and discomfort of an injection? The last time one of our dentists gave me an injection of anesthetic I wasn’t even aware that I was receiving the injection; it was painless. I shared my fear with my dentist ahead of time and he accommodated my fears by reducing my sight of the needle and utilizing a technique that would reduce my pain. He routinely communicated with me about my comfort level during treatment and the procedure was a success. Our providers care about the comfort of their patients; discuss your fear with them at your appointment.
“I’ve neglected my oral care and am just too embarrassed…”
Embarrassment may be keeping you from seeing a dentist. An assumption of being berated or talked down to because of undesirable dental health keeps patients away. These assumptions are not true. We do not talk down to patients about their oral health and needing care is not something to be embarrassed about. Chances are, even if your dental health is extremely poor, the dentist has seen a mouth just like yours before and would love to help restore you to good oral health. Neglecting a problem will only make it worse. Our dentists meet their patients with understanding, options, and action. Don’t be embarrassed, let us help you.
“I just can’t do it! Someone sedate me!”
Did you know that sedation is an option? Many assume sedation is only an option for surgical procedures, but sedation is available for any dental procedure including a routine cleaning. For some, sitting in the exam room is enough to provoke extreme anxiety. We provide various forms of sedation including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous moderate sedation. Our dentists can discuss your options with you at your next dental visit.
Overall, dental fears are real and can be difficult to overcome. Don’t neglect your oral health over a fear. We will work with you diligently to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Heather, Administrative Support; Wendel Family Dental Centre
I’m so scared of a needle. I have two front teeth that needs fixing, but I’m scared. I want a crown, but I’m afraid. What must I do? I’ve got BS of Alabama. I’ve been slap by a dentist and a friend died sitting in the dentist office. Appointment next month
I’m sure your dentist has an Anti-Anxiety solution for you. Whether it be Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to IV Moderate sedation. Call your provider and find out what solutions they offer.
am so scecaerd of nealdels I cry and I stiff up and I take one look of it. it makes me fell scared I need to fix two teeth and I just really can’t do it am so scared what do I need to do.
You can try a few different things. Nitrous which is a gas that you breath into your nose, it will relax you and leaves your system within a few minutes. Then their is Halicon which is a med that you take in your doctor office if they offer it. Halicon you can not drive with this med and you will need to take the rest of the day off. You will probably not remember much of the appointment. Then there is IV sedation but that involves a needle to start the IV so I would try the first two options before the IV sedation but that is always an option. You will need to discuss this with your dentist to see what they offer.
Thanks WFDC Team