Let’s face it, the dentist office is not the first place people tend to want to go. Most dental procedures are not painful but even just examining someone’s teeth can cause a level of anxiety. Dental fear and dental anxiety is a problem that faces as many as 20% of Americans. Unfortunately the problem often snowballs, the less people go (or never at all) the worse and more serious any potential problems will tend to be. This is why at Drs. Boyd we take every step to ensure that patients feel comfortable and we take away their anxiety. Here we will discuss what brings about dental phobia and how we can deal with it!
What Causes Fear of the Dentist?
There are many different reasons that people feel stressed
at the dental office. Some of the
reasons are fear of pain, fear of injection or the injection won’t anesthetize
the area. Many people also have a
feeling of being helpless and a loss of personal space. Some people feel embarrassed if they have
problems because of the social stigma behind unhealthy teeth. Regardless of the reason the Drs. Boyd have
many ways to manage dental phobias and make for a comfortable, pleasant
Pain is Not Relative
Pain is a huge factor in dental anxiety and not everyone
experiences pain the same way. Some things
that seem like nothing to one person can be severe for another. There are a number of different factors that
impact how someone perceives pain. For example, people with red hair have a
greater pain experience than people without red hair. What matters?
If you feel pain, we believe you and we will do what we have to so that
you don’t! The days of the dentist
making you suffer through a procedure or saying its not so bad are GONE.
Talk About It!
Bringing dental anxiety out into the open is a great way to alleviate
most of your stress. Even on your first
call to our office, bring it up to our team. It is important to discuss with Dr. Boyd what about
dentistry makes you nervous. This brings
the fear out into the open and we can begin to discuss how we will manage it! Having an open dialog with your dentist will
also establish trust. Something we hold
in high regard.
Breathing and relaxation techniques can be an excellent way
to relieve stress and anxiety. Inhale
slowly and deep through your nose. While
doing this make sure to keep your muscles relaxed. Exhale through your mouth slowly while again
keeping everything relaxed. Another
trick is to focus breathing through your belly.
Breath in and expand your abdomen while keeping your chest relatively
still. Also having an equal time
inhaling and exhaling, helps focus your breathing and increase oxygen.
When we need a little more, the Drs. Boyd have other methods such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation with an anesthesiologist. Dental anxiety is a very real problem for many people but the Drs. Boyd can manage it and make your experience a comfortable and relaxing one!
Call us at (212)755-9055 to schedule your visit with us.
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It’s that time of the year again. The days are shorter, the temperature is dropping, leaves are falling, and families are getting together to celebrate the season. A recent study revealed that more than 50% of people in the US with dental insurance never use their benefits, and insurance providers count on it. If you have dental insurance and haven’t been to our office for dental care in 2015, you’re losing money. For patients who contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and don’t use the money, that too gets absorbed at the end of the year. Don’t let your benefits go to waste. Visit our Midtown Manhattan dental practice to take full advantage of your dental health coverage in 2015, and remember, we can help you plan your FSA withholding for 2016. It needs to be set prior to December 31, 2015.