How to Overcome Your Dental Anxiety & Start Smiling Again!

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Whether you’ve had a traumatic dental office experience or you simply were born with an inherent fear of the dentist, dental anxiety is real, common, and can keep you from having the healthy, beautiful smile that you want. 

You'll find that at Start Smiling Dental, your fears are taken seriously with compassion.  At your first appointment, you will see one of our dentists for a private consultation. At this time, you can share your previous experiences and discuss any anxiety you may be having.  Together, you will come up with a plan to keep you in control, avoid pain, and get you through your treatment so that you can have the smile you've always wanted.

In the past we've found these things can help you relax and begin to enjoy going to the dentist:

  • The Raised Hand Promise - many dental fears begin when a patient felt like they were not in control during their treatment. In our office, you are always in control. Our dentists make the promise that if you raise your hand, they will stop immediately. At that point, you can let us know if you're uncomfortable, stressed, or need something. We can resolve the issue and continue when you're ready.
  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) - Nitrous Oxide is gas that helps you relax. You will feel slightly euphoric and maybe a little sleepy. The best part of using Nitrous, is that once the gas is stopped, you return to normal with no after effects. It is possible for you to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
  • Sound Reducing Headphones - Many people are bothered by the sound of the drill and other noises that go along with dental procedures. Headphones can help drown out the sound as well as let you zone-out to your favorite tunes or entertainment using our Pandora/Netflix/Hulu options.
  • Neck/Back Pillows, Warm Blankets, Paraffin Handwax, Aromatherapy - Often, people have a hard time getting comfortable in the dental chair or find that they are cold due to anxiety. We have lots of aids to help you relax and even feel like you are at the spa!

Special Requests or Suggestions?  We are always looking for new ways to help patients enjoy coming to the dentist. Please let us know if there is anything you think might help.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.