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Conquering Dental Fear: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dentist

January 15, 2014

According to a study published in the journal by researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, 5% of people have severe dental phobia. Their study showed that common coping practices include distracting yourself (counting to yourself or playing mental games so that you think about something else), distancing (telling yourself the pain feels like something else), prayer (praying that the dental treatment will end soon), self-efficacy (telling yourself to be strong), and optimism (telling yourself that everything will be OK after the dental treatment).

Conquering Dental Fea

The best way to prevent yourself from experiencing dental procedures that scare you is to practice preventionregular dental checkups will save you a lot of money, anxiety and potential pain in the long run.

At Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic, Dr. Reese and his qualified staff go out of their way to assure patients of their worries. Dr. Reese believes in the power of knowledge to overcome fear and is patient to explain procedures, expected outcomes and set realistic expectations. Communicating with your dentist is the key to beating dental anxiety, and establishing that relationship is a priority with Dr. Reese and his staff. Dental phobia can be passed on to children so taking control of that fear is important for your family’s overall dental well-being.

There are still 15% of Americans who avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid. Letting them know how great modern dental care is these days would greatly help in conquering dental fear. Contemporary dental care is astonishingly precise and pretty much pain-free. Yes, it can be pain-free!

Dental Procedures are Faster, Better and More Precise

If you are afraid of the drill and needle, there is laser dentistry to help give you a positive dental experience. Dental machines are high-tech that you spend less time in the dental chair. In fact, most procedures that once required several visits to the dentist can be completed in a single visit now.

A great example of this is the installation or replacement of crowns. Thanks to 3D printing, same day crowns can now be offered to patients.

Pain-Free Dentistry

Sedation techniques have helped patients and dentists tremendously in giving a pain-free, positive and trauma-free dental experience. It has undoubtedly revolutionized dental practices with different sedation methods available – all of which are safe.  Dr. Reese is an expert on sedation techniques – administering gas, oral and IV sedation in the clinic in his dental surgeries.

A More Open Communication with Your Dentist

Dentists are now more well-versed on how to handle dental anxiety. Fear is primarily motivated by a patient’s fear of the unknown and the sense of losing control over something, in this case, the procedure. Dentists let their patients know exactly what they’re going to be feeling. During each procedure, a good dentist constantly asks his patients for feedback—and permission to keep going. The patient can put on the brakes at any time.  Dr. Reese and his staff are committed to provide the most comfortable, pain-free, and quality care they believe is possible to all of their patients.

More Comfortable or Less Scary Dental Clinics

Dental offices these days look nowhere near like dental offices of the past. As Indianapolis Dentistry, we pride ourselves in having a spa-like atmosphere in our clinic, with massage chairs, warm hand towels, flat screen TV, atomic vaporizers and even noise-reduction BOSE headphones with your choice of music to help keep you as calm and comfortable as possible.

Calming Fears

At Indianapolis Dentistry, we want to assure you that we understand this anxiety and we’re here to make your visit as calm and pleasant as possible. We have stated that our mission is to provide you and your family with quality dentistry in a relaxed, calm, comfortable and caring atmosphere. We want to extend an invitation for you to experience the difference in our expertise, professionalism, and thorough care. Our staff will work hard to gain your confidence and trust. If you live or have recently moved to Indianapolis,  Greenwood,  Shelbyville,  Martinsville, or Southport, consider letting us take care of your dental needs and call our office at 317-882-0228 and experience the difference.

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