Pain free dentistry is possible!
Dental anxiety is quite common and we are here to help alleviate your fears. See how we treat you differently from your very first visit!
We see many patients that have mild to severe anxiety or phobias, and we are thankful for your continued trust and confidence in us to help give you a beautiful smile and the ability to eat the foods you love.
As a result of prior bad experiences, many people fear that the dentist or staff will criticize them and give them a lecture for neglecting their mouth. Most phobic people who have avoided the dentist for a long time are embarrassed about the condition of their mouth and they don’t want anyone to look inside. Your mouth is a highly personal space which we treat with respect and courtesy.
Although you may feel that you have the worst case of decay, gum disease, or broken teeth, chances are good that we have seen much worse. Our team at Gentle Dental Care has been trained to work with fearful and anxious patients. We empathize with your fears and understand that no one likes to sit in a dental chair. In our office we don’t criticize, rather, we congratulate you for having had the courage to take a risk and visit our dental office.
Some people have had rough and painful experiences during their routine dental cleaning in the past. At Gentle Dental Care we understand your fear and give our hygienist enough time to be extremely gentle. If you have extreme anxiety that has prevented you from having your teeth cleaned in the past, we can use a numbing solution, or even a local anesthetic to prevent any pain during your teeth cleaning. In our office we use universal precautions on all patients – for all procedures – and we sterilize our instruments in a steam autoclave.
Pain from drilling is the most feared procedure in dentistry. With profound numbness, patients at Gentle Dental Care rarely experience pain.
We allow our patients to stop the procedure at any time if pain occurs during drilling. We have a number of methods we can use to make a tooth more numb. It is extremely rare in our office for anyone to have discomfort during drilling. In a worst case scenario, we can stop the procedure, place a temporary, and continue treatment another day.
Afraid the drill will slip? During drilling, the chance of slipping is minimal. In fact, the use of rubber gloves increases the grip adhesion of the fingers to the drill.
Afraid of the sound? We gladly offer headphones so you can turn up the music and drown out the sound of our instruments.
Many people are afraid of getting stuck. The anticipation of a shot is enough to make anyone cringe and many of our patients have a true phobia. We always use a topical cream to numb the gums ahead of time and we pride ourselves on giving gentle injections. Taking the extra time and patience to ease people through the process means most of our patients don’t even realize that it’s already over. If you ask any of our patients why they keep coming back I bet you’ll hear, ” Dr. Kamodia was so gentle I didn’t even feel the shot!”
Fear of pain after the numbness wears off
We have a local anesthetic that will last much longer than the average and provide hours of pain relief. This might be indicated in surgical procedures or those involving significant post-operative pain. If you are afraid of pain after a procedure, just mention it to Dr. Kamodia or a team member and we can discuss the multiple pain management options available to you.
Gagging or choking
The gag reflex is a beneficial protection to avoid swallowing something too large. However, if exaggerated, it can induce dread at just the thought of a dental procedure. Many people have a fear of gagging or choking during dental treatment and there are several things we can do to help minimize your gag reflex. We use a high-speed suction to evacuate particles and debris from your mouth so they won’t be swallowed. We can also use local anesthesia to help when necessary. Breathing deeply and very slowly through your nose is a great technique which also helps many of our patients.
Fear of needing extensive treatment
Yes, if you have avoided the dentist, you may need a lot of treatment. But, then again, you might not. Often it’s not as bad as you might think. Many of our fearful or phobic patients are pleasantly surprised to learn their treatment will cost less than they imagined. If finances are tight for you, then treatment can be divided into phases and completed as you can afford it.
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