In the olden days, there were persons who feared the dentist and undergoing dental procedures. To be frank, dental surgery was indeed “uncomfortable” in the early days. Lack of powerful anesthetics and the fact that dental tools may have reminded people of another less reputable profession usually carried out in a medieval dungeon, may have added to the fear factor.
Thankfully, today’s modern dentistry will never be related to such terrible comparisons! Advances in technologies, methods, and anesthetics have made taking care of your teeth a practically painless occupation.
While few patients actually relish appointments for any type of medical procedure, pain should never again be the cause for someone to miss an appointment for proper preventative dental care–or even emergency care.
Unfortunately, there are those who fail to control their anxiety in the chair. In these instances, it is good to have a dentist that has had training on how to handle the fearful. They will have multiple ways to help reduce pain, anxiety, and fear.
Lack of Control:
The major cause of stress for most people is that they feel a lack of control of their situation.
Needless to say, laying on your back, completely still, mouth open, unable to talk, while someone scrapes and drills on your teeth is not a recipe for calm.
Because of this, a lot of dentists have completely changed the atmosphere of their offices and learned to moderate their own demeanor to project tranquility. TVs on ceilings help distract during procedures and offices are less sterile, more casual, etc.
Anesthesia and Sedation:
Now, there are more options to sedation that your dentist can use. Plus, dentists today will more readily administer those options to keep a patient stress-free in even the most mundane of procedures. From laughing gas to anti-anxiety medication, whatever you need can be administered if needed.
If you are anxious about seeing the dentist, Dr. Phuong Nguyen would be happy to help you by alleviating your concerns. Please contact Tacoma Washington Dentist or come by our office in Fircrest, Washington.