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Sedation Dentistry Discusses How To Deal with Dental Anxiety

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Millions of people are affected by an overwhelming fear of dentists and dental procedures.  Dr. Parker and team at our San Bruno, CA Sedation Dental Office understand that dental anxiety is a very real and common problem.  We understand that many people avoid going to the dentist because they do not want to be uncomfortable.  However, it is very important to understand that postponing regular dental exams and treatment will almost always result in discomfort and costly treatment.

Sedation dentists are very good at reducing stress and providing painless and efficient treatments for their patients.  Sedation dentists perform minimally invasive procedures which were developed to reduce potential discomfort and the amount of time spent in the dental chair.  The most recent advancements in sedation dentistry and dental technology are utilized by sedation dentists.   

These factors are good news for patients suffering from dental anxiety, however in many cases it is not enough to make patients completely comfortable with visiting the dentist.  What can be done to alleviate this anxiety?  A great first step is to understand that when patients do not feel as though they are in control during a dentist appointment, dental anxiety intensifies.  Below are some useful tips to help patients gain control and reduce stress levels during dentist appointments.

Be open and communicate with your dentist - It can be embarrassing for patients to discuss fears and anxieties with their dentist.  But when sedation is involved, it is very important that the dentist fully understands the patient’s feelings in order to take necessary precautions during treatment.

Agree on a signal before treatment - Patients are often fearful that the dentist won’t understand exactly when they may start to feel pain or anxiousness.  This in itself will add to the patient’s uneasiness.  Therefore it is important for both parties to agree upon a hand signal that will let the dentist know that the patient is feeling discomfort.  A simple “stop” hand signal is very popular and effective.

Use a throat spray - Some patients have a gagging reflex that can lead to discomfort and uneasiness.  The use of a throat spray before treatment may help to keep the gag under control during treatment.

Sedation - Sedation is the perfect treatment for patients who otherwise would not be able to handle treatment.  The good news is that there are many types of sedation methods available.  To discuss them more indepthly, feel free to contact the professional dental team at our San Bruno, CA Sedation Dentistry Office.

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