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April 17, 2012

Overcoming Dental Fears

An estimated 30% of people avoid visiting the dentist due to fear and anxiety. Recent research from the University of Sydney found that women in their 40s are more likely to experience dental fear.   This is because members of this demographic are more likely to have felt trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, or stress that interferes with a relaxed state of mind. In addition, people with a low pain tolerance, high sensitivity, or difficulty sitting still may fear dental discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Pate can help relieve your nerves with sedation dentistry to make your appointment relaxing and comfortable.

Tips to Fight Dental Anxiety

To achieve their bright superstar smiles, Robert de Niro, Kelly Osbourne, and Billy Ray Cyrus all had to overcome their dental phobias. Here are some strategies you can use to cope with your dental fear so you, too, can receive the healthy and beautiful smile of your dreams.

  • Bring a buddy. We encourage you to bring a friend or family member along with you to your appointment. Your loved one will help provide moral support and give you someone to talk to. If you are planning to receive oral conscious sedation, you will be required to bring a friend who can handle the driving to and from your appointment.
  • Bring headphones. The American Dental Association recommends listening to music during your dental appointment to help lower your blood pressure. Listening to your favorite song will help distract you from your oral procedure. As a bonus, headphones will help drown out background noise.
  • Be optimistic. Researchers in Sweden found that staying optimistic can help elevate your mood and reduce your fear. Tell yourself to be strong because everything will be okay.
  • Talk to Dr. Pate. If you have any concerns, feel free to discuss your worries with Dr. Pate so we can make necessary accommodations. We can provide the materials you need to have a comfortable appointment.
  • Ask for sedation. The best way to relieve your dental fear is to use sedation techniques. Dr. Pate may recommend nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation—depending on your anxiety level and state of health—to keep your body and mind relaxed. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to ease your dental discomforts.

Proper relaxation techniques can help create a successful and comfortable dental appointment. If you need help overcoming your dental phobias, contact Dentistry in Buckhead at (404) 266-9424 to discuss your candidacy for sedation.  We welcome patients from Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Lenox, Brookhaven, Atlanta, and the nearby areas.