Dealing With Your Dental Anxieties

For many, a dental office can be a scary place.

You can often feel the anxiety just sitting in the waiting room. Many of us don't usually enjoy dental visits. Tack on lying with your mouth open and having unfamiliar objects and noises all around you... it's no wonder why one can be nervous.

Dental Anxieties

What causes dental anxieties?

There are many reasons why some people are fearful of going to the dentist. This is why, here at Etobicoke Dental, we offer various types of sedation dentistry, in order to help you alleviate some of your fears and eliminate your anxiety. If you feel nervous visiting your dentist, for one or more reasons as listed below, It is perhaps a good idea to discuss your sedation options with your dentist prior to starting any dental treatment.

Pain! Fear of pain is one of the more common reasons for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually goes back a long way, or could be a result of an earlier unpleasant dental experience. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made available over the years. The transformation has been seen through the variety of options available in sedation dentistry such as laughing gas, oral sedation, conscious IV sedation as well as sleep dentistry.

Needles! Many people are petrified of injections, especially when inserted into their mouth. Besides this, others fear that the anesthesia hasn't yet taken effect or wasn't a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.

Side Effects! Some people fear some of the expected side effects of anesthesia such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea. Others don't like the numbness or "fat lip" associated with local anesthetics.

There are many other reasons why some people may feel uncomfortable booking a dental appointment. The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, He or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.


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