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Dental Anxiety and Fear

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety.  The truth is that comfort, relaxation and happiness of the patient are embedded deep at the heart of any good dental practice.  The staff at our practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless, quick treatmen

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 the dentist –  Although it can be hard to talk about fears with a stranger, the dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

Agree on a signal – If you are afraid that the dentist will not know you are in significant pain during the appointment, Dr. Bermingham always has the patient give him a signal like raising the hand, to use if they need him  to stop a procedure for any reason. 

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.

Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people.  There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.

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