A lot of people don’t like going to the dentist. A lot of people also don’t like going to work in the morning, but it’s something you just have to do. But when you have dental anxiety, it’s just not something you can do. You find excuses to skip needed appointments, turning what could be a small dental problem into one that’s going to be expensive and difficult to repair.
That’s why you need to call our Birmingham, MI dental office today at 248-972-8720. Dr. Newingham is your Birmingham dentist who understand the power of dental anxiety. That’s why he and his team know how to help you feel relaxed, comfortable, and ready for the dental treatments you need.
Where Dental Anxiety Comes From
What is dental anxiety anyway? It’s not some super-strong, paralyzing fear. It’s simply being worried about going to the dentist. For some people, dental anxiety is a mild thing. They don’t look forward to
To a child, any dentist’s office can be a bit intimidating. You don’t exactly know why you’re there, and there are all these strangers who want to look at your teeth. Even if you never had a cavity or a problem at those visits, they can still leave a bad memory in your mind. Childhood experiences are powerful and can give you dental anxiety as an adult.
USED TO BEING IN CHARGE
Parents and people with a lot to do at their jobs are often used to doing things almost all the time. You may wish for a break, but since those are rare, you get used to staying busy and being in charge. But when you do to the dentist’s office, you have to sit back and wait while other people do stuff. Having to sit still while others work can bring on some anxiety.
STORY ABOUT BAD VISIT
Oddly enough, you don’t have to have had a bad experience to get dental anxiety from one. That’s the power of a strong story. If you say a show or read an article about a bad dental experience, or if you listened to a friend talk about one, you might remember it whenever you think about getting a dental exam. That can give you dental anxiety.
LONG TIME SINCE LAST VISIT
What your don’t know really can bother you. If it’s been a long time since you last visited the dentist, you know that’s not a good thing. So you might start to have some dental anxiety over what’s there that you don’t know about. In other words, you’re worried about what the dentist might find.
Beating Dental Anxiety At Our Birmingham Dental Office
Dr. Newingham is well trained to offer help when you have dental anxiety. There are three general ways our team helps you feel more relaxed and calm: working at your pace and sedation dentistry.
WORKING AT YOUR PACE
Unlike some places, our Birmingham, MI dental office does not need to get you in and out as fast as possible. If you’re pressed for time, that’s a different story. But sometimes, you can feel more relaxed knowing you don’t have to get dental treatments done as quickly as possible. If you need time to rest, you can have it.
In many cases, all you need is some time, comfort, and knowledge to get through dental anxiety. But when that’s not enough, Dr. Newingham is your Birmingham dentist trained to offer sedation dentistry. You can get two different kind:
- Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas. It’s a mild sedative you breathe in through your nose during a treatment. Not only does it induce a relaxed feeling, it wears off as soon as you stop breathing it in.
- Oral sedation is a small pill you take before you visit our Birmingham, MI dental office. It’s a stronger form of dental sedation, so you will need a ride to and from our office. But if your dental anxiety is very strong, this could be what you need to get through.