Solutions for Overcoming Dental Fear

Loeffler and Pitt Dental Associates, PC can help you get the care you need.

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Dental Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia

Dental anxiety and phobia present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Dental anxiety may be mild to moderate, and often takes the form of a general sense of worry and apprehension when thinking about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients feeling an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care all together.

We Can Help!

Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.

Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:

  • Open Communication:
    Informing us about your fears is a great place to start. Often times we are able to ease your mind simply by explaining things to you and giving you correct and accurate information. We will always keep you informed and communicate with you before, during, and after your procedure so you know what to expect, why we are doing it, and address and questions or concerns you may have.
  • Calming Techniques:
    Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
  • Listening to Music:
    With most procedures, the use of headphones and music is allowed and encouraged. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair. We will provide music and headphones if you wish to use them; however, we welcome patients to bring their own music device (or even a book on tape!) to listen to  while we complete your dental work. 
  • Oral Sedation:
    Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you, including oral sedation. Drs. Loeffler, Pitt and Stephens would be happy to discuss these options with you during a consultation appointment. 
  • Taking Breaks:
    Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment simply by raising your left hand.

Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Call today to make an appointment. Lancaster Office Phone Number 717-569-6484