Addressing Common Causes Of Dental Anxiety

  • September 26, 2017

Addressing Common Causes Of Dental Anxiety

Did you know that as many as one-in-five Americans deal with dental anxiety in some capacity or another? When you’re facing something as frustrating and scary as dental anxiety, it’s good to know that you’re not alone. If you’d like professional help navigating and relieving your dental anxiety, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 today!

At our Kansas City, MO dentist office, Dr. Gregory A. Stiver and our friendly team treat patients of all ages to a wide variety of dental services. From the moment you arrive at our dental office, we will do everything we can to make you feel right at home. With our help, you could potentially:

  • Stop feeling so shy about your smile when meeting new people
  • Get a healthier, more attractive grin
  • Feel more comfortable while visiting the dentist

For your convenience, we offer early morning and evening hours to fit your busy schedule.

Get To The Root Of Your Dental Anxiety

Maybe you know exactly why you get anxious at the dentist office. Or perhaps you have so many concerns that run through your head when you think about the dentist that you don’t know where to start to overcome your fears.

Regardless of the source of your dental anxiety, our team will help you address it. We understand that everyone has unique concerns and will take the time to listen intently to your specific anxieties. Of course, we’ll also do everything we can on our end to help put you at ease. But a good place to start is by trying to determine the origin of your dental anxiety.

We have found that in most cases of dental anxiety, the patient had an unpleasant or even painful experience in the past while seeing another dentist. Maybe the incident happened when you were a child when dentistry was not as advanced and comfortable as it is now.

Another possibility is that the unpleasant event didn’t even happen to you, but was relayed by a friend or family member. For some reason or another, that story stuck with you and you just can’t seem to shake it.

For one reason or another, a lot of patients also associate the word “dentist” with pain. Even if they just need to come in for a routine dental cleaning and exam, they assume the process will be unpleasant.

Many people also dislike the sounds and smells of the dental office. Some even get nervous in any clinical setting for the same reasons.

Still others put off seeing the dentist because they are afraid the team at the dental office will make them feel guilty about the state of their smile. Or, on a related note, patients might fear the financial cost of getting their smile healthy and bright again.

No matter the cause of your dental anxiety, our compassionate team can help you. We’ll work at your pace and can even offer extended appointments by request so you won’t feel rushed. We’ll never make you feel self-conscious about the current state of your teeth and gums. We’re here to help you attain better oral health after all!

If a little extra privacy would help, request one of our private care rooms. We also offer many amenities to improve your comfort, such as:

  • TVs with DISH programming and headphones in every care room to entertain you while we improve your smile
  • Warm aromatherapy towels
  • Beverages, including coffee, tea, juice, and water
  • Sugar-free chocolates
  • Cozy neck and leg pillows
  • Soft blankets

And if all that doesn’t calm your nerves, Dr. Stiver and our team are thoroughly trained in administering dental sedation options, including:

  • Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” which you’ll inhale through a small mask to experience a mild, calming euphoria
  • Oral conscious sedation in pill form, which you’ll take at a predetermined time before you arrive so you can arrive at our office fully relaxed
  • IV sedation, the strongest form of sedation we offer, which takes effect almost immediately and produces a dream-like state

If there is anything we can do to customize your visit to help you overcome your dental anxiety, just let us know!

Don’t let your concerns stand between you and a healthy, gorgeous grin! For help relieving dental anxiety so you can get the dental care you need in a comfortable, patient-centered setting, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539. You can also visit our Kansas City, MO dentist office in person or use our online form to schedule or ask questions.

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