There are many reasons you may be putting off a dental visit. Perhaps the blame falls on your busy schedule, or maybe you experience severe anxiety at the thought of seeing the dentist. Although there are many causes for dental anxiety, there are luckily some solutions to gently ease you back into the world of dentistry. Explore how Dr. Avery and our team at Fairhope Bay Dental can help you overcome your anxiety through sedation dentistry and other techniques:
Dental anxiety is fairly common, but when it reaches levels that prevent you from receiving routine oral care, you’ll want to look into treatment options. The term “dental anxiety” serves as an umbrella term for any kind of fear, anxiety, or stress induced by a dental setting. This anxiety can also be triggered by certain items, such as dental drills. It can be caused by any number of factors, including:
If you have severe trauma or anxiety, you may need to have your dentist work in conjunction with a mental health professional to discover the best treatment course for you. Here at Fairhope Bay Dental, Dr. Avery understands your dental anxiety and is committed to helping you find peace of mind in the dental chair. One tool he uses to help patients feel at ease is sedation dentistry.
We use oral conscious sedation at our office to help soothe patients with minimal to moderate dental anxiety. This oral sedation method will make you drowsy and is usually taken in the form of a pill; while in rare cases people briefly fall asleep, usually you’ll be awake for the duration of the sedation. If you do happen to fall asleep, we can gently awaken you with a quick shake of the shoulders.
With oral sedation, you’ll be relaxed enough to get through your dental appointment without major concerns. This way, you can be sure to maintain proper oral health even in the face of your anxieties.
If you’re on the edge about seeing the dentist, you’ll want to turn to Dr. Avery and his team. Dr. Avery has years of experience working with anxious patients. He is an expert at listening to his patients and helping them overcome their fears. Whether you’ve had a traumatic experience in the past or think you’re out of options to fix your smile, Dr. Avery creates a friendly, judgement-free environment where you can feel at ease. Patients even have access to the office therapy dog, Cappie, to help soothe their jitters.
For those living with dental anxiety in Fairhope, AL and the surrounding area, there is hope in the form of Dr. Avery at Fairhope Bay Dental. His experience in dealing with anxious patients from all walks of life means he can soothe your fears while tending to your oral health.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment today, contact us online or give us a call at (251) 928-9930. Discover today how Dr. Avery and his team can help you transform your smile, taking you from fear to freedom!