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St. Paul Family Dentist: Methods to Deal with Dental Anxiety

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Many people experience overwhelming fear of the dentist and dental procedures, and as a result neglect to maintain routine dental care. This is a common problem, affecting millions of people, but the consequences of postponing dental treatment usually mean more costly and invasive procedures down the line.

At our Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist office, patient comfort is one of our team’s key goals. We strive to reduce to reduce your stress level by using the most recent technological advancements to provide painless, efficient treatment. Using minimally invasive procedures that minimize discomfort allows us to lessen your time spent in the chair.

Unfortunately, these strategies alone may not be enough to alleviate your fear about visiting the dentist. We want to help you overcome your concerns. Often, dental phobia is grounded in the feeling a lack of control. We can offer some practical tips on how to feel more in control during your appointments, allowing you to feel more relaxed.

  • Communicate with your dentist - Expressing your fear may be difficult or embarrassing, but doing so enables your dentist to take the necessary precautions during your appointment to keep you comfortable.
  • Agree on a signal - Many patients worry that their dentist will not detect their increased anxiety, and this contributes to the patient’s fear. An easy remedy is to agree to use a simple signal, like a “stop” hand signal, to alert the dentist of your discomfort. Your dentist will know immediately what you are communicating.
  • Use throat spray - If you have concerns about gagging during your treatment, consider using sprays made for sore throats to keep the gag reflex in check.
  • Sedation - For some patients, sedation offers the best solution to endure treatment. Your dentist can explain to you the different types of sedation available so that you can have a realistic expectation of sedation options.

At Saint Paul Family Dentist Office, we understand that patients want to combat dental phobia but might need help doing so. We encourage you to discuss your concerns with us and learn about the procedures and treatments that are available to you. We want you to understand exactly to expect at your appointment and rest assured that your comfort is our main concern.

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