Claustrophobia, arachnophobia, dentophobia…
While Dr. Shadi and our team cannot help you with your fear of spiders or confined spaces, we can help you with your fear of the dentist.
Many patients suffer from dental anxiety, otherwise known as a fear of dentists or going to the dentist. This fear may stem from traumatic experiences in the past, or from simply hearing of a negative experience. From there, your mind can wander and create its own scenarios of terror and fear, then associate those feelings with dental trips. As a result, the patient will avoid visiting the dental office for a regular check-up and unfortunately their oral health will decline.
Dental anxiety is a reality for many. How can you overcome these feelings of stress, anxiety and fear? The Palladium Dental team has the tools to make your dental experience a positive one.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety is the fear and sense of uneasiness a person feels when they think about going to the dentist. These fears are often exaggerated and irrational. According to the British Dental Health Foundation, 9% to 15% of people have reported avoiding the dentist due to dental anxiety – that’s about 30 to 40 million people! Unfortunately, these people will actively avoid going to the dentist for a cleaning or check-up. As a result, they will suffer from poor oral health, including gum disease and tartar buildup, and eventually gingivitis and cavities.
How Can Palladium Dental Help with Dental Anxiety?
The Palladium Dental team takes dental anxiety very seriously. We make sure every patient’s dental experience is comfortable, positive and relaxing. To start, we have internet access, cable television and satellite radio in each room for your enjoyment during your dental appointment. Patients can also enjoy our hot beverage bar before their appointment.
Most importantly, our office offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Laughing gas is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. Our dentists are specially certified to administer nitrous oxide upon request for our anxious patients. This gas helps patients relax so that they can get through their appointment without any further fear or apprehension.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety with Palladium Dental
The Palladium Dental team is ready to erase your fears and ease your mind. To book your next dental appointment with us, just visit our website. For more information on our nitrous oxide treatments, or to simply discuss any dental anxieties you may have, feel free to give us a call at 613-591-0834.
We look forward to your next dental appointment!