Many people experience dental anxiety and fear of the dentist due to a fear of loud noises, fear of needles, or previous bad experiences in the dental chair. We do not want to see our patients’ dental health suffer because of dental anxiety. If you are considering Linton Dental for your next dental appointment, know that our entire team is committed to providing compassionate care to all of our patients.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and help you achieve your dream smile. Dr. Brian Linton, Dr. Ed Davis, and Dr. Hannah Voelker are experienced dentists who have provided high-quality dental solutions to Peachtree City, GA residents for many years. You can rest assured that we will take your dental anxiety into account during your appointment and help you remain comfortable and relaxed during all of our procedures.
Dental Anxiety Solutions in Peachtree City, GA
As your trusted family dentists in Peachtree City, GA, Dr. Voelker, Dr. Linton, and Dr. Davis are happy to see patients of all ages who suffer from dental anxiety.
Even if you are anxious about returning to the dental chair, we encourage you to schedule a dental appointment so that we can help you avoid major dental concerns. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our dental anxiety solutions:
What are the risks of skipping routine oral hygiene appointments?
Dental concerns only get worse over time. Unfortunately, many major dental issues that our patients deal with could have been prevented if they had come to see us sooner. Routine oral hygiene appointments are set up to help you reduce your chances of more extreme dental concerns.
We prefer to treat dental concerns conservatively through routine oral hygiene appointments if at all possible before they require more costly and invasive treatment.
I haven’t been to the dentist in a while. What should I expect?
You will be welcomed into our office with a smile. Our entire team is excited about the opportunity to help you restore your oral health. We will evaluate your smile during your initial appointment and provide dental cleaning. Afterward, we will inform you of any additional treatments that are necessary to restore your smile. You are free to ask us questions every step of the way.
How common is dental anxiety?
Surveys estimate that between 13% and 24% of the world’s population suffers from some degree of dental phobia. Dental anxiety can be very stressful, however it may be limited by communicating concerns with your dentist.
What are some symptoms of dental anxiety?
The main symptoms of dental anxiety include sweating, increased heartbeat, low blood pressure, and nausea. If you think you are suffering from dental anxiety, communicate with our office. We can find ways to help relieve any anxiety and make your dental experience more comfortable.
How can I calm my nerves before going to the dentist?
If you suffer from dental anxiety there are a few things you can do to prevent it before your appointment. Being sure to drink plenty of water and eat well before your appointment is important. Some patients also practice deep breathing before their appointment to calm their nerves.
Can the dentist give you something for anxiety?
Anti-anxiety medications, like diazepam (Valium), may be prescribed by your dentist for you to take up to one hour prior to your appointment. Additionally, nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”), a conscious sedative that can ease anxiety, may be suggested by your dental office if you suffer from severe dental anxiety.
How can I stay calm before oral surgery?
Taking long, deep breaths can be beneficial to easing anxiety prior to oral surgery. Deep breaths calm the nervous system, relieving anxiety. Try taking a few deep breaths through your nose while mentally counting to five. As you slowly exhale through your mouth, count to eight. To maintain your composure, repeat this cycle a few times.
Does anxiety affect anesthesia?
It is well-known that anxiety may make people feel uneasy, tense, and apprehensive. Research shows that anxiety has an impact on how well patients take to sedation prior to oral surgery. If you are extremely nervous before coming to your dental appointment, a stronger sedative may need to be used.