If you fear going to the dentist, don’t worry, you’re not alone! It is estimated that nearly seventy-five percent of adults in the United States experience some amount of fear with regards to visiting a dentist. About five to ten percent of those people have a strong enough fear to be considered sufferers of dentophobia. Fortunately, Dr. Oreoluwa Adegun at League City Elite Dentistry has ways to cope with this fear and ease your dental experience!
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up – There is Nothing to Fear Here!
First, it is important to note that Dr. Oreoluwa Adegun is not trying to be scary. They have no intentions to cause you any pain or discomfort. The goal is to keep you and your teeth happy and healthy!
Dentists have to go through many years of schooling before they are allowed to practice dentistry. Thus, Dr. Adegun is an extremely qualified expert. Additionally, our staff doesn’t want your visit to be a traumatic or anxiety-inducing experience. If you simply communicate your feelings, we will do whatever we can to help make your visit better. This includes explaining the procedures calmly to help prevent fear of the unknown.
Ways to Cope and Ease Anxiety
Relaxation techniques can be used to reduce fear while at the dentist’s office. At League City Elite Dentistry, we recommend the following techniques to help you relax while in the dental chair:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Muscle relaxation
- Guided imagery (vivid daydreaming using audio recordings or your inner voice)
In some cases, medication can be used. This can vary from mild sedatives to general anesthesia. Laughing gas is often used to soothe a nervous patient.
Never be afraid to speak with us about any fears or concerns you may have; we are here to help! With time, we can work together to ease your anxiety when coming to visit us. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact our office.