Fear of dentists can have momentous consequences for your life. Even moderate anxiety can make routine general dentistry treatment a major headache. And if you suffer from dental phobia, you may not be willing to visit the dentist at all. Fortunately, your Duncan dentist understands dental anxiety and offers compassionate, non-judgemental treatment.
At Chisholm Trail Smile Center, we are committed to patient comfort. Dr. Matthew Bridges takes as much time with each patient as needed so that you will never feel rushed or pressured into treatment. Furthermore, we offer nitrous oxide sedation so that even the most fearful patients can receive the treatment they need.
With our gentle and personalized care, you don’t have to suffer from fear of dentists. Contact our Duncan, OK, office to learn more about how we treat dental anxiety or to book your first appointment.
Dental Anxiety and Phobia: What You Should Know
Dental anxiety causes mild to moderate fear of dentists, and it is common, affecting an estimated 36% of the population. Anxious patients may suffer from a racing heartbeat, sweating, insomnia the night before an appointment, and spinning thoughts.
Dental phobia is characterized by an extreme fear of dentists, and it affects about 12% of the population. Patients with dental phobia may experience panic attacks. Many delay treatment altogether. This can have drastic effects for their oral health, such as gum disease and widespread tooth loss. Neglecting dental care can also have serious consequences for their general wellness, since gum disease has been linked to poor cardiovascular health.
Patient Comfort Is Our Top Priority
Dr. Bridges and his team have a true heart for service and for providing outstanding care to anxious patients. We know that dental anxiety is not something that you can fully control. That is why we do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and at home in our office. We take the time to listen to your concerns, thoroughly explain your treatment options, and answer all your questions.
And, of course, Dr. Bridges’ gentle touch will ensure comfortable treatment with minimal discomfort.
Nitrous Oxide for Anxiety Relief
We know that many patients will need something more to help them overcome their anxiety. That is why we offer nitrous oxide, more commonly called laughing gas. Administered through a facial mask, nitrous oxide causes feelings of deep relaxation and even mild euphoria. Varying levels of sedation can be achieved, depending on your needs.
Reassuring Facts about Nitrous Oxide
Some anxious patients also feel a bit nervous at the thought of sedation. If you are among them, the following facts may set your mind at ease:
- Nitrous oxide has an established safety record, having been used by doctors and dentists since the mid-19th century.
- Nitrous oxide wears off quickly. Though you will likely need a ride home from your appointment, you should be able to resume most of your normal activities the same day.
- Nitrous oxide distribution has at least 12 visual and auditory safety features to reduce the already low risk of complications during administration.
Overcome Your Fear of Dentists at Chisholm Trail Smile Center
Even if you have been afraid of dentists since childhood, we can help you overcome your lifelong anxiety.
Contact Chisholm Trail Smile Center online or call us at 580-255-4880.