Dental anxiety and dental phobia impact many people, including some Cary Family Dental patients. Today’s post answers some questions we commonly receive from patients about this vital topic. If you or a family member are concerned about your dental health, give us a call and ask us about Sedation Dentistry in Cary.
What Are The Long-term Consequences of Dental Anxiety?
If a patient has too many dental health concerns, they may start to see it affect their overall health. The most detrimental consequence is when a patient delays dental care until their pain becomes unbearable. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment. The patient may also have additional dental health concerns that have gone unnoticed on top of the concern that first brought them in for treatment.
There is also another situation that causes patients anxiety. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care becomes embarrassed about the condition of their teeth.
If I Have Dental Anxiety, What Should I Do To Safeguard My Oral Health?
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parth Parkeh at Cary Family Dental. During your consultation, we will address each of your distinct concerns and discuss ways of providing you with a comfortable environment for treatment.
We have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, we assure the patient that Dr. Parth Parkeh passes no judgment onto his patients and nothing going on in their mouth will shock him. Furthermore, we never give stern lectures on proper oral care, although we do give friendly instruction if requested.
If a local anesthetic is needed, we agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue Dr. Parth Parkeh to remove the instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.
These procedures go a long way to assuage anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is necessary ASAP. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with our welcoming team.
What if I need more help to get through treatment?
At Cary Family Dental, we also offer sedation dentistry for patients who prefer a deeper state of relaxation during the procedure. IV Sedation is completely safe and always administered by a professional. With Sedation Dentistry in Cary, patients will experience increased comfort, alleviating any fears they may have. To learn more about dental implants, restorative dentistry, or sedation dentistry in Cary, call us at 919-371-4428.
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