The overpowering thought of dental visits can create fear and anxiety in patients. Many people avoid dental procedures thinking of the pain and discomfort associated with them. Thankfully, technological advancements in dentistry have replaced noisy drills with painless laser beams. Also, anesthetic medications that safely ease anxiety and suppress pain during routine appointments are available.
At Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, we carefully train our dental team to be attentive to your concerns. Dr. Askari will spend time at the beginning of every appointment discussing your personal needs and accordingly plan your treatment.
What Are the Signs of Dental Anxiety?
Although each person’s dental anxiety may manifest in various ways, some of the most common signs of fear of the dentist include:
- Increased heartbeat or palpitations
- Fainting or low blood pressure
- Panic attacks, crying, or anguish
- Withdrawal, or using humor or aggression to hide anxiety
- Regularly missing dental appointments
Why Is it Essential to Overcome Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety often leads to complete avoidance of visiting the dental office. This could cause the deterioration of a patient’s oral health, causing more stress, pain, and expenses than the original visit would have caused. When the oral disease gets worse, it may need emergency dental treatment or more complicated procedures.
How Can You Overcome Dental Anxiety?
The main reasons that patients dread their dental appointment and how you can overcome them include:
- Fear of Pain
This fear could be due to a past painful dental experience or hearing about others’ harrowing experiences. Hence it is very important to find a dentist who is very considerate of your fear and takes the time and effort to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
- Fear of Needles
A fear of needles is also widespread, especially when they need to be placed in the mouth. To ease the mild sting of the needle, we can use a topical gel to numb the gums before the injection.
- Fear of Anesthetic Side Effects
Some patients worry about the potential side effects that can occur as a result of anesthesia. This may include feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experiencing numbness in the mouth. We can help you by explaining exactly how you may feel at certain stages after receiving the anesthetic.
- Fear of Embarrassment
Some people may be self-conscious about the condition of their teeth or breath. They may feel embarrassed that the dentist will judge them for not maintaining their oral health. We will put this at ease by treating them like welcome guests and assuring them that we are there to help.
To discuss any of your concerns and dental fears, call Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-114 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari.