At Atlanta Smiles, we understand that visiting the dentist can lead to fear and anxiety for some patients. Our team wants you to feel as comfortable as possible when you visit our dental clinic. Whether you are here for a dental cleaning or a crown, we always treat our patients with compassion and patience.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety is a common fear many people experience when visiting the dentist. It can range from mild discomfort to intense fear and panic. Symptoms of dental anxiety may include feeling overwhelmed, sweating, shaking, nausea, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing.
People experiencing dental anxiety often avoid going to the dentist altogether or may put off necessary treatments due to fear. This can lead to more serious dental problems down the road.
How to Ease Dental Fear and Anxiety
At Atlanta Smiles, we have several strategies to help ease dental fear and anxiety.
- Talk to your dentist: Before your appointment, discuss any concerns you may have. We can then provide reassurance and explain the procedure in detail, so you know what to expect.
- Bring a friend: Having a friend or family member with you can help ease your anxiety. They can provide moral support and be there to talk to if you need it.
- Listen to music: Listening to music during your appointment can help distract you from any discomfort or fear you may feel. We offer headphones with your choice of music.
- Practice relaxation techniques: Taking deep breaths, counting, and visualizing calming images can help you relax during your appointment.
- Ask for sedation: If your anxiety is severe, you may want to ask your dentist about sedation options, such as nitrous oxide, to help with relaxation.
- Understand the procedure: Our dentists are happy to walk you through the details of the treatment. Knowing what to expect can help you feel more empowered and less anxious.
- Take time: We will not make you feel rushed. We can take the time you need to complete the treatment. For example, we can pause if you need a break to calm down.
At Atlanta Smiles, we understand that dental fear and anxiety can be overwhelming. Our team is here to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. We offer a variety of strategies depending on your specific needs. If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Client-based Dental Care
At Atlanta Smiles, we believe in providing client-based dental care. We understand that every patient is unique and has different needs and concerns. Our team takes the time to get to know each patient and develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their individual needs. We strive to create a safe and comfortable environment where patients can feel relaxed and at ease.
If you experience dental anxiety, let us know. We will work with you to provide the care you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for treatment.