Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
I need to go to the dentist, but I’m too scared! Sound familiar? This, unfortunately, is a recurring reality for many patients in Nashville, and it’s not just Halloween causing the fright! Dental fear or anxiety is real, but it doesn’t have to dictate your oral health, nor does it have to stand in your way of receiving the necessary dental treatments that you need.
Sedation dentists in Nashville at Devine Dentistry would like to share with you some tips on how to deal with your dental anxiety.
Choose a Nashville Sedation Dentist
Sedation dentistry allows you to feel calm and relaxed, and practically care-free, while you receive your dental treatments. It is important if you experience fears of going to the dentist, that you choose a sedation dentist to suit your needs. At Devine Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide and IV sedation. To determine with method of sedation is best for you, consider a consultation with us at our Green Hills’ dental practice.
Be honest about your fears
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, don’t try to hide it. Be honest and open with your dentist about these anxious feelings. At Devine Dentistry, we are well equipped with handling patients who get nervous or even fearful during their appointment. The more we know about your dental anxiety, the better we can help you!
Know what to expect
Even if you plan on receiving sedation dentistry, it is a good idea to know what to expect during your procedure. Find out what the treatment involves, each step of the process, and even what type of tools will be used. Sometimes, understanding how simple the procedure is going to be is enough to calm mild cases of dental anxiety.
Let your dentist know by slowly raising your hand if and when you need a break. It is not uncommon for patients not to like having their jaw cranked open for an extended period. Not only is it uncomfortable, but sometimes can be painful for patients, making their dental anxiety even worse. Let your dental care team know if you need to take a breather.
Another way to calm your anxiety is to distract yourself. Bring some headphones that you can plug into your phone to listen to music or an audiobook. Many dental offices nowadays have TV’s in the operatory room so that patients can have something to distract themselves.
Practice good oral hygiene
Keep your teeth and gums healthy by practicing good oral hygiene at home on a regular basis. And, try to make it through your dental cleanings twice a year. These preventive measures can go far in helping you avoid the need for extensive dental treatments later on. If, however, you neglect your teeth and wait to see the dentist until you have a toothache or other dental problem, it is likely that you will need extensive treatments that result in lengthy recoveries and discomfort. Prevent these scenarios by taking good care of your teeth!
If these methods still don’t help calm your fears, ask the dentists at Devine Dentistry about your sedation options. Nitrous oxide provides a mild level of sedation that wears off as soon as your procedure is complete. We also offer IV sedation, which provides a much heavier level of sedation, although you remain awake during your procedure.
IV Sedation Dentist in Nashville
If you would like to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry in the Green Hills or Belle Meade area, please contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation. Keep the fear out of the dental office, and save it for Halloween instead!
Devine Dentistry welcomes patients of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.