Does the idea of going to the dentist make your teeth chatter? You’re not alone – it is estimated that 75% of adults in the United States suffer from dental anxiety, ranging from mild to severe. Typical fears that keep people away from the dental office include pain during treatment, drilling noises, and negative past experiences. Here at Life Point Dental, your health and comfort are our top priorities.
“We place a high emphasis on creating a welcoming environment,” explains Dr. James Herr, Life Point Dentist. “From the moment you walk into our office, we want you to feel at ease. Our waiting rooms are designed for comfort, and our compassionate staff can answer any questions you might have throughout your visit.”
Tips to Overcome Dental Anxiety
1. Voice Your Concerns
Our office wants every patient to feel at ease, and we pride ourselves on the time and attention we can provide during each visit. Before your exam, we will ask you about any concerns you may have – many patients express their fear of feeling pain, feeling “too numb,” or the possibility of choking during an appointment. Our hygienists and dentists can make adjustments, provide options, and explain procedures and equipment before we begin. Sometimes knowing what’s going to happen next can be helpful – we can also provide running commentary during your visit, so you always know the next step.
2. Come Equipped
Having a distraction can relieve anxiety, especially if you fear the noises of drilling and scraping during your visit. We support patients who wish to bring headphones or earplugs to their appointment to drown out the noise. Decide what type of music relaxes you or listen to a podcast or audiobook during your visit.
3. Find the Right Dentist
The right dentist can make all the difference. Not only does Life Point Dental offer a welcoming space, a caring staff, and personalized dental care, but our patient reviews support this. It is customary for our hygienists and dentists to check in with you during your visit periodically – this is so you know they are always present in actively assessing your comfort level. In addition, we will monitor facial expressions and body language for any signs of tension or stress so we can pause and reassess.
4. Keep Your Appointments
If you’re anxious about the dentist, you might avoid appointments or allow too much time between visits. Regular dentist appointments help our staff detect cavities and other health concerns early – this saves you time, saves you money, and prevents more extensive dental work in the long run. Be sure to schedule your next visit before you leave – we’ll remind you of your upcoming visit via text when it’s time!