Dental Anxiety and Fear

Dental Anxiety and Fears - Christine Vice, DDS, MAGD - Sedation Dentistry 

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. Dr. Vice and her empathetic staff in Huntington, NY will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless, quick treatments. Statistics show that dental anxiety afflict about 5% - 10% of the population and that women are twice as likely to suffer from dental phobia as men. It Is estimated that 75% of adults experience some degree of dental phobia and anxiety.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

  • Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
  • Fear of gagging.
  • Fear of injections.
  • Fear of loss of control.
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain.
  • Fear of pain.
  • Fear of the dentist as a person.
  • Fear of the hand piece (or the drill)

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Talk to Dr. Vice– The dentist is not a mind reader. Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, the  Dr.Vice can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

Television in each treatment room is available

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with Dr.Vice. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.

Sweet air ( nitrous oxide ) is available

If you have questions or concerns about how Dr.Vice can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact the office.

Christine Vice, DDS, MAGD
41 Lawrence Hill Rd Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 549-2711 URL of Map