Combatting Dental Fear

combatting dental fear Are you avoiding routine dental checkups because of dental fear? Maybe your dental fear began when you were a child. Perhaps your very first dental visit didn’t go well, or maybe you experienced some anxiety or pain. It could be that you were or still are afraid of needles. Whatever the reasons for your dental fear, you should know that by not getting regular dental checkups you are putting yourself at risk for serious dental complications as well as other overall health risks.

Avoidance of routine dental visits can lead to:

  • Diabetes
  • Cavities
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Oral Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Tooth decay

A routine checkup can help you avoid these overall health risks, not to mention that the checkups may help to avoid serious dental complications. These risks can greatly impact your oral and overall health. Your dentist is willing and wants to help you combat your dental fear.

Ways to overcome dental fear

The best way to overcome dental fear is to talk to your dentist. Dentists are trained to deal with persons who suffer from dental fear. Dr. Jose Gil and his team at the Hamilton Dental Designs will work with you to determine the best ways to make you comfortable and less anxious about your dental visits. Dr. Gil will explain the procedure so you’ll know what to expect. Here are several other ways to overcome dental fear:

  • Bring a trusted friend or family member to the procedure to help you feel more comfortable.
  • Request anti-anxiety medication before the actual procedure, either from the dentist or your medical doctor.
  • Request a numbing agent – a gel or local anesthesia to help minimize the pain.
  • Use a chair-side television to watch your favorite show during the procedure.
  • Wear headphones during the appointment to block out sounds.

 What to Expect During Your First Exam

During your first visit with Dr. Gil, he will take the time to get to know you. Dr. Gil will discuss your medical history, your lifestyle habits, and provide the opportunity to discuss any dental concerns you may be experiencing. Then, your comprehensive dental health exam will begin.

First Exam Includes:

  • Personal consultation
  • Dental exam
  • Diagnostic digital x-rays
  • Visual screening for oral disease
  • Teeth cleaning

 Schedule an appointment for a consultation

Don’t take chances with your oral or physical well-being. Let Dr. Gil and the staff at Hamilton Dental Designs help you to overcome your dental fear. We’ll make sure that your visits are accommodating and pleasant. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.