Dental Implants Specialists in Phoenix Help Overcome a Fear of Dental Treatment, PART 3
This four-part article series discusses the common causes of dental phobia and what dentists and patients alike can do to overcome the terrible anxieties that keep them from the treatment they need.
Welcome back to our four-part article series on dental phobia and its causes and treatments. In our previous post, the second installment of the series, we discussed the various things that dentists in Sun City AZ could do to help patients feel more comfortable, from improving upon their office décor to giving patients back their power. In this article, we shall now take a look at some of the coping mechanisms patients can benefit from to enable them to overcome their fears and, in doing so, receive the preventative and restorative care they need to get their smiles back into beautiful condition.
It’s Not as Bad as You Think! “The first thing patients must realize is that any dental appointment or procedure is simply not as bad as they think it’s going to be,” explains an expert of dental implants in Phoenix. “We make use of a range and combination of pain management techniques to ensure that patients are completely comfortable during the course of treatment, so pain is never something anyone should fear. We even numb the gum prior to administering a local anesthetic via injection.” Surveys conducted by dentists in Sun City AZ of patients undergoing notoriously “scary” procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal and root canal therapy reveal that they anticipated far more discomfort than they actually experienced. This is easily understandable
considering just how painful a tooth can be prior to receiving a root canal. In actual fact, this procedure relieves toothache and often in as little as a single appointment. The same applies to wisdom teeth extraction, the post-operative pain of which can easily be controlled with a couple of painkillers.
So, this point makes for a good start in rationalizing the fears behind a visit to the dentist: it simply isn’t as bad as you think it’ll be. You’ve got the Power, so Take Charge “Another extremely important thing patients and especially fearful, anxious patients must realize, is that they have the power,” says a dental implants specialist in Phoenix. “They have the power to tell us what they want and to stop any procedure in its tracks if they feel uncomfortable. We always encourage patients to take charge and communicate with us before and during treatment. Be assertive about how you feel. Tell us “I am very anxious about dental treatment, so please be honest with me about the levels of pain I can expect and explain what you’re doing every step of the way.” Other patients might not care to know the details… so it’s really up to the individual to tell us what they need in order to feel comfortable.” Don’t ever be afraid to speak up to your dentist in Sun City AZ. These healthcare professionals are wholly accustomed to treating patients who cope with the full spectrum of fears and anxieties. The fact that you are facing your fears by coming in for treatment and/or preventative care says enough about your strength of character for any dentist to admire and respect you. If your current dentist isn’t as sensitive to your needs as you think he or she should be, then try another and be honest about your fears from the first appointment. And only settle on a totally sympathetic and compassionate dentist or dental implants specialist in Phoenix.
Stay Tuned for Part 4 To read more about how dental phobia can be treated or overcome, and to hear some of the important tips dental implants specialists have for Phoenix patients, stay tuned for the third ins tallment of this four-part article series.