Managing dental anxiety

woman with toothy smile sitting at the dental chair w It is common to feel anxious about going to the dentist. Many people experience fear or dread when faced with the prospect of dental treatment. However, for some people, this anxiety can be so severe that it interferes with their ability to receive necessary dental care. Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley work with patients in the Georgetown, TX area to provide them with solutions for managing dental anxiety.

If you have dental anxiety, there are many things you can do to manage your symptoms and receive the treatment you need:

  • Talk to your dentist about your anxiety. Let your dentist know if you are feeling anxious or nervous about your upcoming appointment. This will help them to understand your concerns and take steps to make you more comfortable during your visit.
  • Ask about sedation options. If your anxiety is severe, you may want to ask about sedation dentistry. This is a type of dental care that uses medication to help you relax during your treatment. There are different types of sedation available, and your dentist can help you choose the option that is best for you.
  • Practice relaxation techniques. If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming dental appointment, there are several relaxation techniques you can try to help ease your symptoms. Deep breathing, visualization, and muscle relaxation exercises can all help reduce anxiety.
  • Talk to someone who has been through it. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone who has already had the procedure that you are anxious about. They can offer support and understanding, as well as share tips on how they coped with their anxiety before and during the treatment.

Sedation options available at Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown

If you choose to move forward with sedation dentistry, our team offers two methods to consider, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is administered during treatment to relax a patient, while oral conscious sedation uses a prescription medication taken before the visit to reduce anxiety.

Learn more about managing dental anxiety

Don’t be shy about talking about your dental anxiety! Call Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown at 512-598-1517 to request a consultation appointment.

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