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17Mar2014

Dental Anxiety? We Understand And We Can Help

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF US experience SOME level of dental anxiety? As much as 80%, in fact. Despite our best efforts we know that there’s something that feels inherently vulnerable about lying back in a chair while we examine your mouth. We’ve been patients too.

Communication Can Make You More Comfortable

We want you to feel confident during your visits with us. We believe that one key is open communication between our team and you—our valued patient! Whether you’re extremely nervous during dental appointments, or just slightly uncomfortable, communication helps. However, it’s hard to know exactly how, or what, to communicate sometimes.

If you’d really like to explore the reasons you feel nervous about dental visits, here’s a handy questionnaire developed by J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. If you’d like, look over the first four questions and let us know where you fall on the scale. It’s a simple way to tell us how you’re feeling.

We Want To Make You Feel Comfortable

Dr. DeSimone and our wonderful staff have worked with so many patients over the years that we are experts in making them feel comfortable and even enjoy their visits with us. We use contests and rewards as positive reinforcements to motivate patients to brush their teeth, care for their braces, and wear their elastics and retainers!

Sometimes anxious patients are worried about lying in the dental chair. Initially we treat these patients while sitting until they become more comfortable. Other times patients are too nervous to start treatment. For these patients, Dr. DeSimone will schedule a few appointments throughout the year for them to get to know our office and to start feeling calmer. Dr. DeSimone is very insightful about understanding when is the right time patients are both dentally and emotionally ready to start orthodontic treatment.

Is Your Appointment Coming Up?

Check out the video below outlining a routine check-up. It could help get you in the right mindset:

Simple Understanding Can Make A Huge Difference

Once we understand a little bit about your triggers and your reaction to dental-related situations, we can do a lot to make you feel comfortable. Some techniques we use include:

  • Taking adequate time so you don’t feel rushed or harried.
  • Carefully explaining everything before we do it.
  • Establishing signals so that you can let us know if you need a break.

Do you know someone else who suffers from severe dental anxiety? Is it compromising their health? Have them give us a call. We can help.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

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