How To Manage Your Dental Anxiety

Your dental health and your overall health directly impact each other. Unfortunately, when you neglect your dental health, you put yourself at greater risk for major health concerns. As your trusted dentist in Bradenton, FL, we want to ensure our patients know the importance of seeking out regular preventative dental care. However, we also understand that many patients experience dental anxiety. Here are some tips on how to manage your dental anxiety:

Ask Questions

Our team is here to help you. We are known for providing compassionate care to all of our patients. Your initial visit with Dr. Patel at Manatee Advanced Dental Care in Bradenton provides the opportunity for us to get to know each other during a 90 minute appointment with both Dr. Patel and his staff. If you have questions prior to your appointment, please feel free to call us. Sometimes, it can help for patients to gain a good understanding of what to expect during their appointment before they arrive. This way, you don’t have to worry about any unexpected processes or procedures. Feel free to call our friendly front desk staff and ask whatever questions you might have about your upcoming appointment. We will do our best to answer your questions and make you feel prepared and comfortable.

Remember the Benefits

It’s important for patients to remember that while they might feel anxious about scheduling their next dental appointment, the appointment itself will directly benefit them and their dental health. Preventative care helps you save time and money later on. This is because, during these appointments, a professional dentist will evaluate and examine your smile. This allows us to catch small dental concerns early on before they require more invasive treatment. Many dental issues can be avoided by visiting the dentist once every six months for preventative care. While you may experience some anxiety over these appointments, know that they are helping you avoid spending even more time in the dental chair down the road.

Consider Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Nish Patel offers sedation dentistry options to enable those who suffer from dental anxiety to feel relaxed and comfortable during their treatment. Sedation dentistry can also be used to perform several dental treatments during a single visit. We offer nitrous oxide as well as oral sedative options. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, allows patients to feel completely relaxed during treatment while remaining awake and cooperative during treatment. Oral sedatives are administered in the form of a pill and have similar calming effects. If you are interested in sedation dentistry options, we are happy to discuss with you your personal concerns and fears prior to your treatment and recommend the appropriate sedation option. If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel and begin the process of restoring your natural smile today.


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