If you have ever taken small children to visit Santa, then you may have seen something like this happen.
Many children are excited to see the jolly man in the red suit, but there are a few kids who aren’t sure what to make of the strange guy with the white beard. As the line moves and they get closer, these kids cling tightly to their parents. When it’s their turn, they seem anxious or fearful. If they are forced to sit on Santa’s lap by a parent who really wants a picture, the kids may scream and wail throughout the short photo session.
Patients with dental anxiety probably can relate to how those children feel, even though as adults, they have other ways of dealing with those feelings.
One option is to avoid going to the dentist entirely. If you never get in line, it won’t ever be your turn to sit in the chair.
Another option — and one we would encourage you to consider — is to find a dentist office where you feel comfortable. Just like those children generally become more relaxed around Santa the more they see him, anxious patients often become more relaxed with each visit to our Spring, TX dentist office.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in more years than you can remember, then we welcome you to contact us. At Texas Dental Group, we have helped dozens if not hundreds of patients learn to cope with and overcome their dental anxiety one visit at a time. Call 832-791-1706 or contact us online to learn how we could help you.
Our Caring Staff Can Ease Your Dental Anxiety
If you can, try to remember why you feel anxious about dental care.
Did you have a painful or unpleasant experience when you were younger? Did you have a dentist or hygienist who was particularly judgmental about that condition of your teeth?
Do you worry about gagging, or are you afraid of needles or “the drill”?
We want you to know that there is nothing wrong with you if you feel stressed about going to the dentist. According to some experts, as many as 1 in 5 people have some degree of dental anxiety, and many of them try to avoid dental care entirely until it is absolutely necessary.
We want to help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible. Our kind and caring team has decades of experience working with patients so they feel comfortable during dental cleanings and other treatments.
Many patients tell us that our dentist office is different than what they expected. They expected a cold, sterile office like the ones they visited as children. Here, you’ll find a welcoming setting with people who are warm and friendly.
We are happy to offer you a pillow to make you more comfortable during your visit. We also can provide headphones if you prefer to listen to music rather than the sounds of dental equipment.
We have televisions in our patient rooms, too. Many patients find that having something to distract themselves makes their treatments easier to handle.
Sedation Dentistry For Dental Anxiety
We also have learned that some patients need more than just music or a pillow to feel relaxed in a dental chair. For them, we offer two kinds of dental sedation.
Nitrous oxide is the lighter form of sedation. This is a gas that is inhaled through a mask that covers your nose. Within minutes of breathing this in, you may feel a calming sensation come over you.
With this sedation option, you will continue breathing it throughout your treatment. You won’t feel any pain. You won’t gag. But you will remain cool, calm, and collected so your dentist or hygienist can do what needs to be done for sake of your oral health.
When you are finished, we turn off the gas and remove the mask. By breathing normally, you will exhale the remaining gas and feel like yourself in a matter of minutes.
Oral sedation is a stronger option. This involves taking a single dose of medication before your appointment begins. Like nitrous oxide, oral sedation will prevent you from feeling pain, stop you from gagging, and keep you relaxed.
The effects of oral sedation may last for a few hours. You must arrange for someone else to bring you to and from our office if you choose this option.