Overcoming Dental Fear and Anxiety
Dental fear and anxiety is a serious problem that prevents many individuals from going to the dentist. Part of Dr. Finch’s residency training was focused on managing and helping patients who suffer from dental fear and anxiety. There are a series of factors that lead to bad and sometimes traumatic experiences at the dentist. These include but are not limited to:
- Not enough time allotted for the visit, thus the patient feels rushed and neglected.
- Pain! For whatever reason pain inside the mouth can be more traumatizing than pain outside the mouth. Often times, pain relates back to the lack of time for proper numbing before starting the procedure.
- Fear of the unknown can also be very unnerving. In some cases, it is a good idea for the patient to be told what is being done and how much longer it will take. Sometimes, the patient may not want to know, and that is fine as well!
Some methods that can help individuals before or during their visit are the following:
- Take an anti-anxiety medication before the appointment.
- Other times if there is a lot of work to do, the patient may choose to be sedated during the procedure.
No matter the circumstances, everyone on staff at the Glastonbury Dental Center is focused on providing the most comfortable and painless experience possible in a tranquil and judgment free environment.