I’m hoping to find the best dentist for anxious patients. This probably sounds silly for an adult to ask. Though I have dealt with this since childhood. I had an awful appointment and I’ve never been comfortable with the dentist since. I just thought there might be a dentist who’d be willing to work with a jumpy grown up.
Stella B. – North Carolina
First, let me start off by telling you many adults suffer from dental anxiety, so you aren’t alone in your feelings. And, most dental anxieties stem from negative childhood experiences. So, please don’t feel like you’re being silly.
Finding the best dentist when you have anxiety is easy if you know what to look for, and yes, there are some “dental code words” that might help you find your target. You should know that dental anxiety is incredibly common and there’s nothing silly about it at all. In fact, it’s good that you recognize it because that means you can start to work to control it, too.
For starters, you’ll want to look for some specific phrases when you’re selecting offices.
- Gentle Dentist
- Caters to Cowards Dentistry
- Sedation Dentistry
Generally, when you see these types of phrases, it means the doctor understands anxiety and will work with you, rather than pressuring you to respond a certain way. You’ll find that the best dentist for you could be using any of the terms or even a mix of them.
Going forward, you may also want to consider sedation dentistry. Even if you just choose an office that specializes in it, you’ll know for sure that they understand the anxious patient. You don’t have to go for all-out sedation. However, you could also try nitrous during an appointment, just to take the edge off. It wears off quickly- as soon as it’s shut off, so you can drive home afterward and it won’t affect the rest of your day. Anyone who uses one of those terms should be a good fit for you, though. Best of luck to you.
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