Learning To Manage Dental Anxiety

You remember the last time you went to the dentist even if you don’t remember how long ago it was.

That was a bad experience, to say the least. Mentally, you know that not all dentists are like that and many dentists would have handled your situation differently.

Emotionally, it’s been difficult to overcome the dental anxiety that has affected you ever since that day.

Maybe your anxiety had been growing slowly, or maybe that experience triggered something in your mind.

You are at a point where you believe you may be ready to return to the dentist, but you aren’t sure where to go.

We know that dentists you should talk to if you live in or near Fredericksburg, VA. Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S. & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S. will listen to your concerns and discuss how we can help you make the transition back to routine dental care.

Reasons To Return To The Chair

According to some experts, as much as 20 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to dental anxiety. That’s 1 in 5 people.

Unfortunately, that’s not a good long-term oral health strategy. Sometimes people with dental anxiety can become overzealous about their preventive efforts. Brushing too hard can lead to problems such as worn down enamel or damaged gums.

On the other hand, without routine cleanings and examinations, you may not be aware of a dental problem until it becomes an emergency. If we are being honest, that probably will not help you learn to manage your anxiety.

You may know if your gums or cheeks look different than they should, but you may not know what is wrong. During routine visits, your dentist or hygienist can let you know what you should be concerned about (oral cancer, gum disease) and what is issues are more likely to correct themselves.

Patients who visit the dentist for routine care are less likely to develop serious oral health problems. In addition to removing plaque and tartar buildup, we may be able to advise you on steps you can take early to avoid having something minor (like a cavity) turn into something major (like an infected tooth).

Easing Your Anxiety

When you visit our office, you will find a staff who is willing to bend over backwards to help you feel more comfortable.

Our approach to treating patients who may be afraid of the dentist is to take things slowly. This starts by listening to you and learning about your concerns.

Before we start your treatment, we want to hear why you feel anxious coming to the dentist. Whether you had a bad experience with another dentist or you are concerned about something specific, we want to understand before we begin.

One reason that many people are fearful about coming to the dentist is they feel like what happens is out of their control. That’s not the case at our practice.

If you need a break, just let us know. If you don’t understand why we are recommending a particular treatment, ask us to explain.

In the long-term, we hope we can help you overcome your dental anxiety, but we know this is not something that will just happen in one, two, or maybe 10 visits. It is a gradual process, and that is OK.

We are happy to support you on each step of your journey.

What About Sedation?

You may have heard about sedation dentistry, and you may be wondering if it could help you.

While we do offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation options, we prefer to look at other approaches first. We have helped many patients become more comfortable and relaxed about receiving dental care by taking things at a pace that works for them.

Our low lighting helps many patients feel calmer. We also have blankets if you would like to feel a little cozier, and we have TVs in every room if you would like a distraction from your dental care.

And please let us know if there is something we can do differently that would help you.

Your comfort is an important part of your dental care.

Getting To Know One Another

Based on our experience, one of the best ways to deal with dental anxiety is getting to know one another. As we become more familiar with you, we will be more prepared each time you visit our Fredericksburg, VA, dentist office.

Our hope is that you will become more comfortable as you get to know us, too. This starts when you call (540) 369-4926 or by filling out our online contact form.

We hope to see you at the office of Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., F.A.G.D. & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S. soon.