With Halloween so close, you’ve probably seen lots of advertisements for “scary” things — horror films, haunted houses, etc.
While those things can give us a fun fright, many people are dealing with a chronic fear that could have a big impact on their oral and overall health. Millions of people avoid getting the care they need due to their fears of the dentist.
If you are one of them — or you know someone affected by dental anxiety — there is good news. You can learn to manage those feelings with the help of a compassionate team of dental professionals. That’s also what you will find at Atlanta West Dentistry.
If you live in or near Marietta, GA, we welcome you to call 770-744-4619. If you get to know us and our approach to patient care, then we believe we can help you improve and maintain your smile.
Coping with Anxiety
If we know anything, it’s that every patient should be treated and seen as an individual. What worked for one patient may not be effective for the next person who walks through the door.
Knowing this, we offer a variety of amenities and services that can make your visits to our office more comforting and relaxing.
Many patients appreciate that they can schedule longer appointments at our office. This is important because it lets them know that it’s OK to take a break if they start to feel overwhelmed. They can break up cleanings and other care into smaller segments that allow them to get done what needs to be done.
For many, just knowing that they can take a break is a comfort even if they never ask for one.
We also try to provide for your physical comfort. When you visit us we are happy to offer free beverages while you wait for your appointment in our relaxed office with soothing colors and decorations.
Back in our private patient rooms, you also have the options of three levels of sedation dentistry:
- Inhaled sedation (laughing gas)
- Oral sedation (medication)
- IV sedation
We will be happy to answer questions about the differences between these options. For now, let’s focus on what they have in common. Sedation can help you remain calm. Sedation also blocks pain and gagging, both of which are common concerns for people with dental anxiety.
Be Patient with Yourself
You’ve probably heard people say you need to “confront your fears.” In our experience, overcoming dental fear is possible, but it is a process. It usually does not go away because of a single change or a single visit.
As you get to know us and we get to know you, we build a relationship on understanding one another. The more we know about you, the more we can make adjustments, so you can feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. As you get to know more about us, it will be easier to relax when you know what to expect.