Do you avoid visits to your dentist due to dental anxiety? Fear of the dentist often prevents patients from seeking the dental health care they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you experience dental anxiety, it is important to know that you are not alone. A lot of people have a fear of visiting their dentist because of fears and phobias surrounding dental visits. At Claremont Dental Institute, we cater to our patients who feel anxious about visiting the dentist.
Our dental care team creates a no-pressure environment where we keep our patients well informed and take the time to get to know everyone on a personal basis. Your safety, comfort, and overall well-being are the core values of our dental practice.
We combine state-of-the-art dental technology, sedation dentistry, and patient education to help our patients stay calm and comfortable during their dental procedures. This is because we know that avoiding routine dental checkups and cleanings can lead to more complex oral health issues.
It is important to visit the dentist at least two times a year for a regular exam to allow for early intervention of developing issues. Patients who visit the dentist more frequently experience less complex dental concerns and require less costly dental work.
Having a healthy, beautiful smile is important for enjoying your best life. Let the dental care team at Claremont Dental Institute show you how holistic, caring dentistry can make a difference in your life.
Drill Free Dental Fillings & Laser Therapy
Advancements in dental technology have made routine dental procedures less invasive and practically pain-free. Claremont Dental Institute uses the Solea laser for drill-free dentistry. Many patients find the sound of the dental drill anxiety-inducing. Solea eliminates the dental drill and greatly reduces the need for local anesthetic, helping patients who fear needles reduce their stress levels.
Laser dentistry reduces swelling, promotes natural healing, and is practically pain-free. Patients enjoy more precise results with shorter to no downtimes. Our dentists can use laser therapy for drill-free dental fillings, gum contouring, and to treat tooth decay and gum disease.
Sedation Dentistry & Overcoming Dental Anxiety
Dr. Patel is a specialist in sleep dentistry. We provide sedation dentistry for our patient’s optimal comfort. Sedation dentistry is safe and effective while allowing you to remain totally relaxed. Your safety is our most important priority. We closely observe every patient that is under dental sedation.
Patients who choose sedation dentistry will participate in a full medical history review, oral exam, and consultation with their dentist before treatment. The type of dental sedation chosen for you will depend on these factors, as well as the necessary procedures and your preferences.
Dental Anxiety FAQs
Dental anxiety is a common problem, but rest assured that your doctor can help you relax and feel at ease. Here are some of the questions our patients ask most often about dental anxiety.
How can I calm my anxiety before going to the dentist?
The best way to calm anxiety before going to the dentist is to communicate with your dentist about how you feel. They can help to make your experience more comfortable. Patients may also bring a friend or family member to their appointment to help calm nerves. Focusing on your breathing is another great way to calm anxiety.
Here are some tips on how you can overcome your anxious feelings before visiting your dentist:
- Acknowledge that your anxiety is normal. Fear of the dentist is common, and being nervous about a visit isn’t a sign of weakness. In fact, it shows that you care about your dental health and want to do what’s best for yourself.
- Educate yourself and get a clear understanding of what will happen during and after your dental procedure. Many people feel anxious about going to the dentist because they don’t understand what the dentist does or why it is so important. If you know what to expect, this will help reduce your anxiety level.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any medication that can make anxiety worse. Instead, try deep breathing exercises or meditation. Take a deep breath and relax. You can also listen to relaxing music or drink some herbal tea before your appointment.
What are some symptoms of dental anxiety?
The most common symptoms of dental anxiety are sweating, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, and fainting. If you are nervous about a dental appointment, it is best to communicate with your dentist because they can take extra precautions to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your visit.
Will a dentist put me to sleep if I ask?
Dentists can put you to sleep for procedures if you ask about dental sedation options. You may be sedated for many procedures so you feel no pain and have no recollection. Your dentist can discuss your options for dental sedation in detail with you.
Request a Personalized Consultation
Our dentists practice Holistic Dentistry and consider all aspects of your well-being. This means that they look at the whole person, not just teeth. They consider all aspects of your well-being and give you the best care possible to help you maintain optimal dental health. We help patients learn to appreciate their routine dental exams and show them how dentistry can be different. To request a dental exam or your next visit, contact our dentist office at (909) 277-6919 or request a consultation online.