Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you anxious? You’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a leading factor in patients developing complex dental concerns. However, avoiding the dentist allows minor oral health concerns to escalate into more complex conditions. If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, contact Orchard Hill Dental, your dentist in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Jessica Christy and her team are compassionate and committed to providing patients with exceptional personalized service in a welcoming environment. We work to make you as comfortable as possible so you can feel relaxed and safe in our Hendersonville, North Carolina dental office.
Patient Education on Dental Anxiety
Through patient education, our dentists help patients fully understand the benefit of routine dental health care. For many patients, education can be used to help ease their fear or anxiety. Clearing up confusion tied to a certain dental treatment can eliminate anxiety tied to fear of the unknown.
We will listen to your concerns and allow you time to ask questions. We will also take the time to explain each necessary procedure. At Orchard Hill Dental, our goal is to help patients maintain and enhance their smiles comfortably and safely.
Comfortable Dental Treatment Options
Our office also uses modern techniques to treat patients. Treatments including laser dentistry are comfortable and painless for patients. If you have gum disease or need gum contouring, Dr. Christy can use a small-tissue diode laser to treat “gummy smiles” and remove the infection from beneath the gum line.
Sedation dentistry options we offer include IV sedation and anesthesia. Both of these methods relax patients during dental treatments. Depending on the method used, patients may remain conscious during treatment but will not remember the procedure.
How can I calm my anxiety before going to the dentist?
If you know that you struggle with dental anxiety, there are many steps you can take prior to dental appointments to calm nerves. Drink water before your appointment. Deep breathing is a great way to calm nerves. Bring your headphones and favorite music to listen to during your visit. Bring a friend to help you keep calm.
What can I take for dental anxiety?
Dentists may prescribe anti anxiety medication to patients who struggle with dental anxiety before dental exams or procedures. In most cases they prescribe diazepam or valium. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, may also be provided at your appointment with an advance notice.
How common is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is very common. Studies have shown that it affects about a quarter of the population. If you struggle with dental anxiety, know that you are not alone and there are modern options to help calm your nerves.
Get the dental care you need in a safe and relaxing environment! Contact Dr. Christy and the team of Orchard Hill Dental today at (828) 247-7001 or request a consultation online. Our friendly dental team will be there with you throughout treatment to ensure that everything runs smoothly. If you have any questions about the dental solutions we offer, you can ask a member of our staff, who will be happy to help you.