Fear of the Dentist
Going to the dentist for a routine cleaning and checkup isn’t a scary thing to most people. It’s a normal part of taking care of yourself. However, to some, it can be downright frightening! Just calling and making an appointment can cause hyperventilation and sweats. Some people even claim they need a sedative to call to make the appointment. How can someone who is this afraid ever make it into a dental chair? What does someone who has teeth that require immediate care ever get past this terror?
There are several techniques for overcoming anxiety about going to the dentist. There are mild sedatives that can be used to calm a patient. Sedation can be given orally or by IV. The patient will remain calm but aware enough to answer questions should the dentist need information. If major dental work is required and the patient is particularly fearful, complete sedation can be an option, putting the patient under anesthesia. The patient sleeps unaware of the work being done and wakes to find it completed.
It’s always best to let your dentist know of any fear or anxiety you feel about your visit. If you are visiting Dr. Matthews for the first time, schedule a consultation first to discuss your anxiety. You should never feel intimidated because Dr. Matthews and our staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Getting over this fear will take some time. Take it slow. Take small steps first. Just making the appointment is a step, going to the office is another. Little by little you will overcome your fear and realize that going to the dentist can actually be an enjoyable experience.