Fear of going to the dentist is not something that people can just get over. Oftentimes the fear is deeply rooted in a negative experience at the dentist. In other situations, it is part of a bigger struggle with anxiety in all areas of life. No matter where your fear of the dentist stems from it can cause you to avoid getting the dental care you need. Avoiding the dentist can lead to a number of issues including painful cavities and dangerous infections. If your fear of the dentist ispreventing you from getting routine checkups or dealing with dental problems then it is time to look at your options.
If you live in Gettysburg, PA or the surrounding areas there is a dental office near you with staff and dentists who have experience working with fearful patients. The dentists and staff at Samuels Dental Arts have extensive experience helping fearful patients become more comfortable with the idea of getting dental work completed. If you have tried to deal with your anxiety in the past unsuccessfully then you may be wondering if it will really make a difference to see a dentist with this type of experience. The good news is that a dentist who has experience working with fearful patients will have a different approach to care and will provide options you will not find in most dental offices.
Why is it important to go to a dentist who has experience working with fearful patients?
Have you been able to pinpoint what it is about walking into the dentist’s office that triggers your fear? Is it the sounds of dental equipment? Maybe it is just the thought of sitting down in the dentist’s chair. A dentist who has experience working with fearful patients understands the elements that can trigger fear and anxiety. This is important because it allows the dentist to create an environment in the office that minimizes those triggers. In addition, experience with fearful patients helps the dentist understand that getting to the point of having dental work completed is a process. You may need to visit the office and take a tour before you ever make an appointment. Choosing a dentist with experience working with fearful patients will provide you with the space and support you need to start working through your fears.
Does a dentist with experience working with fearful patients offer additional options?
Going to a dentist who has experience working with fearful patients may provide you with options that you will not find in a typical dentist’s office. For example, Samuels Dental Arts in Gettysburg, PA offers IV sedation anesthesia for patients who have anxiety about going to the dentist. IV sedation anesthesia will give you a feeling of calm as you get ready for dental work. You will be comfortable throughout the visit and will not be upset by the triggers that have bothered you in the past such as the sights and sounds of the office. You can even get years’ worth of dental work completed in one or two visits with IV sedation. Offering IV sedation anesthesia requires additional training for the dentist and an in-office anesthesiologist. You will not find many dentists who take the steps required to provide this option to fearful patients.
If you have tried to overcome your fears and visit the dentist without success then it is time to try a different approach. Seek out a dentist who has experience working with fearful patients. You will find that the entire experience is different than the ones you’ve had with dentists in the past. At Samuels Dental Arts we work with fearful patients every day. You can visit our website and take a virtual tour of the office. When you are ready we will be happy to give you an in-person tour and have a no pressure consultation to address your fears and assess your dental needs.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.