We hope you had a safe and happy Halloween. Many people find it fun to dress up as something scary for a night.
But one of the good parts about Halloween is that everyone knows the scares aren’t meant to be serious. When the trick-or-treaters have gone home, we can put the costumes away and get back to our daily lives.
If you have a fear of the dentist, however, that can linger with you all year. Dental anxiety is more common than many people realize. By some estimates, as many as 1 in 5 people avoid getting the dental care they need — or they put off care until it’s an absolute emergency.
We would prefer it if everyone in and around Racine, WI felt comfortable receiving regular preventive care. We also know that patients who are anxious about dental care aren’t going to overcome it overnight or in a single visit to the dentist.
Yet, we have had a lot of success helping many patients find ways to manage their anxiety so they can keep their mouths healthy. We will be discussing some ways we do that in today’s post, but you can also learn more by calling North Bay Dental at (262) 417-7326 or by contacting us online. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about how we could help you or someone you love.
Understanding Your Dental Anxiety
One of the best ways to address your dental anxiety is to talk to someone, like our Dr. David Reesman or Dr. David Kemper. If we know that you are anxious — and why you feel fearful about dental care — we can take steps that can make it easier for you to sit in a dentist’s chair in the future.
Before you schedule an appointment for a cleaning or other procedure, you may want to start with a consultation. This will give you an opportunity to meet our doctors and other members of our team.
Before you talk to us, you may find it helpful to ask yourself some questions, such as:
■ How would you feel if you knew that you had a dental appointment tomorrow?
■ When do you start to feel anxious? Is it when you sit in an exam chair or some time before that?
■ Are you worried that your dental treatment will be painful?
■ Are you worried that the dentist may use a needle, the drill, or another specific piece of equipment?
■ Are you worried that the dentist will criticize you because of the condition of your teeth?
■ Are you bothered by the sounds of dental equipment?
■ Are you worried that you may gag during your appointment?
Answering these questions can help start a conversation about ways we can address your concerns. For now, we do want you to know a few things about us as well.
First, we will not criticize or try to embarrass you about your teeth no matter what shape they are in. We are here to help you improve and maintain your oral health. Think of us as your teammates in that effort.
Second, your comfort is a priority when you visit our office. The last thing we want is for dental care to cause you pain. If anything, we want to find ways to alleviate any pain you may be feeling as a result of an untreated dental problem.
Third, you can always stop us if you have a question or you need a break. We want to know if you are feeling uncomfortable physically or emotionally. This can help us find a solution that will work for you.
Sedation Dentistry Could Help
We are happy to say that we have one of the most compassionate and caring teams you will find anywhere in Wisconsin. But we also know that some patients need more than that to feel relaxed during a cleaning or other procedure.
This is why we offer nitrous oxide, which you may know better as laughing gas, at our Racine, WI office. This is an effective, fast, and simple form of sedation dentistry.
All you have to do is breathe it in, and in a matter of minutes, you will begin to feel its relaxing and calming effects. As long as you are breathing it, you won’t feel any pain, either.
And when your treatment is finished, we simply turn off the gas. Within minutes, you will be feeling like yourself again.