Dental Anxiety and Fear

How can one overcome dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming.  It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.  Receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important.  Having regular routine check-ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Talk to us – We can't read minds.  Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, we can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises.  Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment and will continue with the procedure regardless.  The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal.  Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex.  Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild.  Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.

Ask about alternatives – Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Lasers can be used to prepare teeth for fillings, whiten teeth, and remove staining.  Discuss all the options with us and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.

If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office.

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I have been going to surprise dental care for over 10 years. The office is always very clean the staff very friendly and accommodating.
I love my dentist there, she's very gentle professional and does great work!

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I, without any hesitation would recommend this dentistry In surprise Arizona, and I give them full marks.

Marina F.

I have been Dr. Wang's patient for about 10 years, I have very positive experience with staffs and hygienist. They are very professional, friendly and make me feel very comfortable going to the dentist. Dr. Wang is the best dentist I ever had, she gives painless shots and she is extremely knowledgeable of dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. My husband and I have great dental care with Dr. Wang.

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Dr. Wang, I am one of your dental patients' and have interfaced with your complete staff on numerous occasions, from the administrative staff to the dental specialists, and I find them all outstanding in every respect. I have traveled from the east coast to the west coast, Europe and Asia and have had dental work performed in many dental facilities, and if I could rate them, your office, Surprise Dental Care, would received the top rating.
You talk to me in a polite and caring manner. You do this by questioning me and making sure I am ok all throughout the process. this ensures me that you care about my aches and pains while the dental work is being performed. The hygienist Karen is certainly the best I have ever encountered to date.
Dr. Wang, please convey my appreciation to your team of experts for a job well done, above and beyond the call of duty.

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