Dental anxiety is more common than you might think. People who experience this often feel uneasy, nervous, or even fearful about visiting the dentist. This fear may be triggered by various reasons, such as previous bad experiences, fear of pain or needles, special needs or general anxiety. The good news is that there are several ways to manage dental anxiety and make your visit to Lifetime Dental a success.
A Comfortable Environment
We understand the importance of creating a comfortable environment to help ease anxiety. Our office is designed to make patients feel at ease from the moment they step into our practice to the moment they leave. We go the extra mile to help you feel welcome and encourage regularly scheduled visits, which help establish good habits and help you feel more at home each time you visit.
Communication is Key
It is important to communicate your fears and concerns with our dentists and team. Your fears may greatly be reduced after we explain what your visit entails and address your questions. Good communication can help us understand your needs and create a customized treatment plan that accommodates your concerns. Our team is well-versed in handling anxious patients and will go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques before and during your dental appointment can help reduce stress and anxiety and keep you feel calm and relaxed:
- Deep breathing exercises for relaxation
- Practice meditation to change negative thoughts
- Use of headphones with music or podcasts
- Ask for a blanket or our weighted blanket for extra comfort
- Bring a stress ball to squeeze in your hand
- Bring a family member or friend for support
Consider Sedation Dentistry
If your anxiety is severe, you may want to consider sedation dentistry. This involves using sedatives to help you relax before and during your dental procedure. We offer various options such as nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, as well as IV sedation. Dr. Gubler is our certified anesthesia provider to ensure the highest level of safety.
Additionally, our office serves patients who have special needs. We are more than happy to help patients who need a little extra time and care. We will work at their pace to ensure they have a positive experience and a healthy smile.
Dr. Gubler, Dr. Gorman, and Dr. Hill are here to help you overcome your fears and achieve optimal oral health. We invite you to call Lifetime Dental at 479-631-9393 in Rogers, Arkansas today to share your concerns and get to know our staff. We are here to help you make your visit with us your best ever!