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Anxiety-Free Dentistry

Our No-Fear Approach to Dentistry

Why not relax? You are in good hands! Does the slightest reminder of the next dentist visit result in stress? Has fear actually prevented you from going to that teeth cleaning or other preventive dental treatment?

Apprehension when it comes to dental care is really a fairly typical phobia. You aren’t alone. It’s said that almost 50 percent of individuals start to feel uneasy or nervous when thinking of visiting the dentist or having some sort of procedure completed there?

Our team is specialized to make even the most afraid patients and people with specific needs feel relaxed.

If all you want us to do is merely sit and discuss any kind of fears you could have during an appointment, we’ll be happy to do that – you being at ease throughout the visit is a main concern.

Here is a list of probably the most typical dental fears:

Fear of embarrassment concerning the current condition of their teeth
Fear of gagging
Fear of needles
Fear of losing control
Fear of Novocain not working as intended
Fear of pain
Fear of the dentist as a human being
Fear of the hand device (or perhaps the drill)
Fear of the unfamiliar
Fear of dental noises and scents
The latest technological developments have meant that oftentimes, dentists are able to do away with loud drills and offer quick and effective treatment. Additionally there are numerous types of harmless anesthetics designed to do away with pain and reduce anxiety in the course of routine appointments. Our office has also been specially designed to set you at ease by eliminating most of the sights, noises and scents of a normal dentist office you might associate along with your past dental trips.

Comfort Treatment Options

Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York and their team have effective sedation capabilities. We can provide many levels of comfort.

• Topical & Local Anesthesia

We begin with a topical solution that ‘pre-numbs’ the injection area. Then the local anesthesia is used to completely numb the area being treated. This temporarily blocks feeling to the nerve and should last one to two hours or longer.

• Nitrous Oxide Gas

Studies have proven that nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is the first and best option for highly apprehensive patients. The attitude changes are consistently pleasantly surprising. A patient that was fearful walking into treatment has become relaxed and calm.

• Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation dentistry addresses the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis. Therefore, phobic patients who opt for oral conscious sedation are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary. In addition, if you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, oral conscious sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

Here are some tips in lessening dental anxiety and fear:

• Speak with Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York – Despite the fact that it may be hard to discuss irrational fears with a complete stranger, Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York could take added precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated. This way, collectively, we may pinpoint any particular issues or fears and work at alleviating these problems.
• Bring a portable music player – Music will act as a relaxant and in addition drowns out any fear-producing sounds. Enjoying your favorite relaxing music throughout this appointment will reduce anxiety.
• Decide on a sign – A lot of individuals are frightened the dentist will not likely know they may be in significant discomfort throughout the appointment, but will carry on the procedure regardless. The easiest way to fix this issue is to agree on a “stop” hand signal together with the dentist. Both sides can easily understand indicators for instance raising the hand or tapping on the seat.
• Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for instance, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) may actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex in check for about an hour.
• Take a mirror with you – Not having the ability to view what is going on can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Observing the procedure can help keep reality at the front of the mind.
• Sedation – Choosing a comfortable level of sedation offers an outstanding option for many individuals.
• Discuss the treatment – Make sure you let us know the depth and extent of treatment plan explanations you need
• Discuss all the options with Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York and determine the one that is most effective and generates little anxiety.

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In an open and caring environment, patients can be provided dental care realizing they aren’t being judged or perhaps looked down upon because of their anxiousness over dental care. We strive to do well at the technical aspects of dental care but just as important we strive to attend to the person’s emotional needs. In case you have any concerns or questions about how Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York may help you overcome anxiety and fear, please get in touch with our office.