Dental anxiety and dental phobia impact many Lansdale people, including some Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry patients. Today’s post answers some questions we are commonly asked about dental anxiety in Lansdale.
What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety in Lansdale?
The most harmful consequence is when a patient delays dental care until the pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.
Furthermore, there are usually many other dental issues in varying stages of progression. Too many oral conditions eventually cause severe issues in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.
If I have dental anxiety in Lansdale, what should I do to improve my oral health?
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Bass of Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale. There are several individual fears associated with dental phobia and dental anxiety in Lansdale. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most common concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your distinct fears and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
We have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, we assure the patient that we have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock the dentist. We never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though we do give friendly instruction if requested.
Anxiety Free Dentistry at Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
If local anesthetic is needed, we employ our finely-honed procedures which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue the dentist to remove the instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.
These methods go a long way to ease anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is required. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with our outstanding team.
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