At Distinct Dental Studios, we know that having anxiety and fear about going to the dentist is very common. In fact, a recent study found that dental phobias affect about half of all Americans. Dr. Davis understands that and welcomes all patients.
The Cater to Cowards Cycle
Dental anxiety usually starts with an unpleasant experience at the dentist. For many people, it could be a childhood dentist who was rough with them. Or maybe it was a dentist who kept working on you even when you weren’t numb. It’s very difficult to block those experiences out of your mind. And once you’re in a state of heightened anxiety, your body chemistry changes and it can be more difficult to get you numb, which perpetuates the cycle. All this leads to a pattern of avoiding dental visits, which leads to further dental problems that need treatment.
Our Approach to Treatment
We can help you break that cycle and get you back on track to dental health. When you come in, you’ll be treated with respect. We’ll help you understand your dental situation by giving you full information about what is going on in your mouth. And we’ll discuss treatment options with you before we undertake any work. You’ll never teased or lectured here. And if you’ve ever had a dentist begin treatment before you were fully numb, you can rest assured that we won’t begin work until you’re ready.
For some people, a gentle and understanding dentist can help get them back to having comfortable care. For others, they may need some help with sedation dentistry. For those people, we provide two levels of sedation.
One option is nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe during your appointment, which relaxes you and helps you feel detached from the treatment. It wears off immediately at the end of the appointment, so you can drive home or go back to work.
Another option is oral sedation. This is a pill you take. It provides a more profound level of sedation so that you may not even remember your dental appointment. It will, however, require you to have someone to drive you home.
To read more about these options, click here for our Sedation Dentistry page.
Then give us a call or complete our Request an Appointment form online. And be sure to let us know you have anxiety. We’ll be understanding, answer your questions, and help you find a time that fits into your schedule.
Dr. Davis also offers a complimentary consultation because it can sometimes make all the difference to be able to come in, meet the staff, get a feel for our offices, and spend a little time talking over your situation before you commit to a full exam. If you’d like to do this, just let us know.