Glendale Dentist Discusses Ways To Deal With & Overcome Dental Anxiety

Written by Dr. McKay on Oct 5, 2021

Dental phobia and anxiety is a very real issue that affects patients of all ages. That is why our Glendale sedation dentists are so committed to providing comfortable, patient-first care. Keep reading this short article to learn more about dentistry-related anxiety, as well as solutions…

Signs of Anxiety

Our team encourages patients to stay alert for signs of dentistry-related anxiety; the more you are able to share about your experience, the better our team can help you reach your dental goals. With that in mind, talk to your team if you find yourself…

  • Regularly canceling or rescheduling appointments because you’re stressed
  • Trying to “tough it out” when you do experience an oral health problem
  • Struggling to make it into the dentist’s office for your appointment
  • Experiencing stress dreams or sleep disturbances prior to your appointment
  • Feeling lightheaded, flushed, sweaty, or panicky

Listen, none of this is fun to live with, but the important thing to remember is that it can be managed and overcome. The sooner you reach out for support, the better for your smile!

Oral Conscious Sedation

One way to manage anxiety and to get the treatment you need is to use oral conscious sedation. By taking a small pill prior to your appointment, you’ll be able to breeze through the treatment process without stress and anxiety. As the name suggests, you will remain conscious the entire time, but, due to the medication’s amnesic effects, you probably won’t remember much of the treatment process once we’re done.

Open Communication 

No matter how many advancements there are in the world of sedation dentistry, developing and maintain a strong patient-dentist relationship is still paramount to managing dental anxiety. This is why we encourage our patients to talk about any concerns they may have, and to share about past experiences that may affect how they feel about dental care. Please feel free to ask questions—we’re here to help!

The first step in any treatment process is reaching out to your dental team to schedule a consult. Our Glendale sedation dentists are here to answer any questions you may have, and to help you get the treatment you deserve. Give us a call or use the Contact Us page on our site!