How to Deal With Dental Anxiety

Little girl in dentist chairBefore unprecedented advances made in cosmetic and family dentistry, the sense of dread leading up to a dental appointment was a familiar experience—particularly for young children. Even now, dental anxiety is a feeling shared by countless individuals of all ages, all over the world. While some patients don’t look forward to dental treatment, other men and women downright avoid necessary care due to dental phobia, fear of pain or discomfort, or a general uneasiness with their teeth being examined. There are also patients may struggle with a sensitive gag reflex and feel uncomfortable at the prospect of any dental treatment. At Center for Smiles, our cosmetic dentists understand how uncomfortable—and even paralyzing—dental anxiety can be, and consider patient comfort and trust our top priorities. Our friendly and compassionate team take every measure to make your experience pleasant and relaxing while considering how we can achieve your dream smile according to your unique needs. This involves practicing patient-centered care, as well as utilizing the most comfortable and least invasive dental technologies possible to provide a seamless treatment process.

If you struggle with anxiety before a dental visit, or if you have a sensitive gag reflex, our practice can help alleviate your worries with several personalized sedation dentistry options. With techniques that range from simple nitrous oxide administration (laughing gas) to IV sedation, these methods are intended to complement your dental treatment with the goal of assuaging potential fears and enhancing patient comfort as we work to achieve your dental goals. Dr. Gordon Barnes, our board-certified dental anesthesiologist, is a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and serves as an active member of several professional organizations, such as the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. With the wealth of experience he offers as a specialist in dental anesthesiology, Dr. Barnes is well-equipped to safely and effectively administer sedation to children and adults.

For more information about how to cope with dental anxiety, or to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact our practice today.