15Jun

How to Battle Dental Anxiety

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It’s no secret that a lot of people are afraid of the dentist, though the reasons for that anxiety are varied and certainly understandable. Despite the fears that come attached to the dentist’s office, Dr. Robert M. Walley does everything he can to make patients comfortable, and truth be told, thanks to many modern dental advancements, there really is nothing to be afraid of in the first place.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

 

One person’s reason for avoiding the dentist may be entirely different than another person’s reason, but we have found that many patients are most concerned about the pain associated with a dental visit. Setting aside the fact that routine cleanings are not painful at all, a fear of needles and the drill during fillings is what keeps many people away.

 

All we can say to that is our staff works hard to keep patients calm and to administer dental care as painlessly as possible. A numbing shot occurs quickly, and from there the patient won’t feel a thing whether the drill is involved or not. The pain is minimal, and our staff is trained to make patients as comfortable as they can be throughout the process.

 

Another big concern is a fear of being judged for poor dental health, but correcting issues like missing teeth, bleeding gums, and crooked smiles are the exact reasons that Dr. Walley and his staff got into the dental business in the first place. Our office is free from judgement; all we want to do is help improve your smile so you no longer are embarrassed about the way it looks.

How to Combat Dental Anxiety

 

There are a handful of things that patients can do to relieve some of their dental anxiety ahead of an appointment, including:

 

  1. Bring someone with you for emotional support. As with anything that you’re afraid of, having someone by your side is a great way to stay calm.
  2. Choose the right dentist. Not every San Francisco dentist is as patient and soothing as Dr. Walley, so finding someone that understands your anxieties and helps manage them is important.
  3. Have an honest conversation about the procedure beforehand. Your dentist should be able to tell you what will happen through every step of the process of a filling or any other dental procedure. Knowing what’s coming can help you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for it.
  4. Sedation helps. We don’t always use sedation for every procedure, but if you think it may help, don’t be shy about asking for some options along those lines.
  5. Understand your fear. If your fear of the dentist (or anything else, for that matter) is so crippling that you can’t function, consider seeking professional help to get to the root of the issue and start moving toward overcoming your anxiety.

Schedule an Appointment

 

If you ever have any questions about a procedure or would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Walley, give us a call aso we can help you correct your smile, clean your teeth, and get you on your way toward overcoming the dental anxiety holding you back from both.

 

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