I'm terrified of the dentist. What can you do to help me?
Fear of dentists is very common and nothing to be embarrassed about. The reasons for feeling anxious are different for everyone, but we’ve got the solution you need, whatever your concern.
Fear of the Unknown or Loss of Control
We’ll take time with you to explain what we’re doing every step of the way. Just knowing what’s happening around you can do a lot to restore your sense of control. During the procedure, we will stop at almost any time when you express concerns and address them. We want you to know that you do have control during your dental procedure.
Fear of Injections
First, we always start with a topical anesthetic before the injection to make sure the surface area is numb. Next, we’ll administer the injection very slowly and gently to reduce the pain sensation. Distractions like our ceiling-mounted TVs are helpful, and we can also administer nitrous oxide gas during the injection phase to help you relax.
Fear of Injury
We use the Isodry system that helps keep your mouth open and blocks the tongue and the cheek to prevent accidental injury. It also forms a stop at the back of the mouth to prevent anything from going down the throat.
Fear of Drilling Sound
We have purchased the top of the line dental handpieces (drill) and the new technology has reduced the drill sound significantly. However, because the drill is operated by air pressure, most likely there will still be sound present when we work. With our ceiling-mounted TVs, the sound from the TV should distract you from the drilling sound. You are also allowed to bring in earphones to play your favorite music if the TVs don't work for you.
General Dental Anxiety
We’ve found that nitrous oxide is very effective in these cases, and you can choose to have the nitrous on for the entire procedure. We have also found some mild sedative medications may help in conjunction with nitrous oxide gas. The sedative medications can be prescribed by your physician.
Most importantly, we encourage you to come in and meet Dr. Huang. You will be pleasantly surprised to find he's not scary or intimidating at all!