Going to the dentist can sometimes be a hard thing to do. From kids to adults, dental anxiety is something many people go through.
The anxiety can come from several factors like affordability, fear of pain, or difficulties trusting your dentist. So when should you talk to your dentist about your dental anxiety? A great place to start is identifying why you’re anxious. Then bring it up to your dentist before or during your appointment.
At South Anchorage Dental Center, our expert staff wants to accommodate you in any way they can. That is why our motto is “Come as a patient, leave as a family.” We offer different treatment plans to everybody because no two people are the same.
We understand that dental anxiety can make going to the dentist hard. We offer several options to keep you comfortable during your appointment. Contact us to learn more.
What Is Causing My Dental Anxiety?
There are several reasons why someone may feel anxious when going to the dentist. By identifying the cause, talking with your family dentist can become easier. The reasons could include:
- The affordability of going to the dentist.
- Fear of possible pain or discomfort.
- Difficulties sharing your personal space.
- A previous bad experience at the dentist.
- The potential embarrassment of the status of your teeth.
Your anxiety can come from one or a combination of these reasons. But identifying the root will make the next step of speaking to your dentist easier.
How Can I Help My Child with Dental Anxiety?
Many children have dental anxiety due to the fear of pain or being in an unknown situation. The best practice is to start taking them to the dentist at an early age to begin the habit of going and ease the anxiety of being in a new environment.
Going to a family dentist who is used to accommodating kids can help comfort these anxieties. At South Anchorage Dental Center, our staff is dedicated to treating every person with care and respect. We want children to feel at home and excited to come back. We create an environment that makes your whole family feel welcomed.
You can also help your child feel better by explaining why they are going to the dentist and setting an example by going yourself.
When Should I Talk to My Dentist About My Dental Anxiety?
The best time to speak with your dentist about your anxiety or concerns is before or during your appointment. It’s essential to have an honest conversation about how you feel so they can make the proper accommodations to make you feel at home.
By speaking with your dentist, it can ease your anxiety because they can talk you through the process and come up with a solution for you. Patient comfortability is one of the most important factors for our expert staff.
South Anchorage Dentist Center offers many services that can reduce your dental anxiety. This includes our dental savings program, same-day services, or emergency dental service.
We realize that unexpected dental fees can be a pain. So, if you’re worried about the costs of going to a dentist, our staff is willing to come up with customizable plans to meet your needs, such as our dental savings program.
Some of our patients live in Bush Alaska, only traveling to Anchorage a few times a year. We strive to be an Anchorage dentist that is there for all our patients. To meet this, we offer same-day services that include extractions or implants.
We also want to accommodate your schedule, so we have extended office hours and a 24-hour emergency dental service. You never have to worry about a painful or loose tooth with this option. You can get it fixed quickly and be on your way.
If you’re still feeling anxious, we offer sedation dentistry that can help ease your anxiety during appointments or procedures. We value and prioritize patient satisfaction and comfort. All of the services provided by SADC are there for families to have an anxiety-free experience.
Ready to start your anxiety-free dental experience? Schedule your appointment today.