Relieving Dental Anxiety
Do you fear going to the dentist? Brar Dentistry can help you in relieving dental anxiety and get the care you need.
Well, the patient who's afraid of the dentist, if he's coming to my office and sitting in the chair, the first thing I would do is talk to him and communicate with him with empathy and with caring that I know this patient is suffering because of fearfulness and nervousness. Maybe it's mere anxiety. We help those patients and we do tell them we do offer sedation in this office, we have options for that. You have picked the right office because this is what we do.
There are thousands of patients, like yourself, which we have treated by sedation and they had the work done, which they always desired to do that, but they were postponing simply because they were fearful. We do offer sedation in this office, whether it's nitrous, or oral sedation in the form of a pill, or it's an IV sedation. We do all that stuff just to get rid of the anxiety and get the procedure done they have always been wanting to do.
Dental anxiety: a common problem
Quite a few people suffer from this affliction. In fact, according to recent estimates, between 24 and 35 million adults in the U.S. suffer from dental anxiety. This does not mean that they are simply worried about going to the dentist but still go. This is a large group of people who will avoid going to the dentist at all costs, even up to sacrificing the health and beauty of their smile.
Causes of dental anxiety
His personality is great. I'm comfortable there. I'm not scared. I've always been afraid of dentists and doctors. Ever since I was in grammar school, I was afraid of dentists and I had fear. That's why I had problems with my teeth. Now, as I get older, I should've took care of them more when I was younger and I didn't.
When I go sit down with him, I feel great. I'm at ease, I have confidence in him. He explains everything that he's doing and that makes me very happy. It's affordable. He's affordable to me, that's the main thing. I've gotten prices six, seven years ago and this was fantastic. Much later on, eight years later, and I'm real price with the pricing my insurance has covered.
I'm just overwhelmed how very professional they are here. The staff is wonderful; I always compliment them, how fantastic they are. I got any questions, they're there to answer them for me. Very professional and I'm embarrassed about my mouth and they make me feel good.
For most people who suffer from dental anxiety, the root cause of their dental fear is a painful past experience. For some, this would be a childhood trip to the dentist that turned painful, or an adult trip in which they endured unnecessary dental work or judgment about their mouth. Whatever the situation, you should not have to endure pain while in the dental chair.
Comfortable, stress-free dentistry
Our dental staff is trained to help patients that are feeling nervous or scared before their dental treatment. You will find an office full of friendly faces who are here to make sure you are taken care of in a gentle manner.
Our team is also skilled in administering local anesthesia. Many dentists treat the application of numbing agent in a cookie-cutter fashion, but that is not the case with Dr. Brar and Dr. Bram. We understand that everyone is different, and some patients may need more or less anesthesia than others. That is why we listen to you, and if you feel anything at all, we will stop and make sure that you are comfortable before we continue.
Relax with sedation dentistry
Dental sedation is an amazingly effective way to help you stay comfortable while you are getting the dental care that you need. Our office offers several forms of dental sedation for any level of fear. The first is nitrous oxide. This is an inhaled sedative that will calm your nerves and make it possible for you to relax during your treatment. It wears off quickly following your procedure, so you will be able to drive yourself from our office. We also offer oral dental sedation. A little stronger than nitrous, this is a pill that you will take about an hour before your procedure is set to begin. You will need someone to drive you home from your appointment.
Before I came to this dentist office, I hadn't been to the dentist in many years because of my anxiety of—I was so scared of going to a dentist that I put it off. I had been so used to eating on one side of my mouth because the other side had holes and it was a mess. Going to the movie theatre trying to eat popcorn, trying to chew a steak, normal foods that everybody enjoys on a daily basis is a chore when your teeth are in such bad condition. Just being able to function, and be able to eat whatever you want and not worry about, oh is this going to affect me? Am I going to be in pain after I eat this meal? Is food going to get stuck in my teeth after I eat this? I've never had a problem with any work that they've done. When I go to a restaurant, I look forward to eating now.
Before, when your teeth are in pain, your teeth are in bad shape, there's certain foods that you won't eat, even if you want to, because you know you're going to pay for it later. I'm able to eat popcorn. I'm able to eat whatever I want. Of course, I'm taking care of my teeth after I eat what I eat. I'm keeping up with my visits because I don't want to go back to where I was before. The anxiety of it, just being able to sit in a dentist now and just ... I actually look forward to coming up and maintaining my teeth. As before, I avoided it at all costs. I don't know how many appointments I made with different dentists and just canceled them because I'd get there and just be like, “You know what? I got things going on. I can't do it today.” After coming here, you're coming to visit family.
IV sedation, our strongest form, allows us to adjust your sedation level up or down depending on your needs. You will be conscious but probably will not remember the procedure at all. You will need a ride to and from your appointment, as this type of sedation will need a few hours to work through your system.
Whether you need someone to talk to you about your dental fear or a little added help with our dental sedation, Brar Dentistry can help you get past your dental anxiety and on your way to a healthy, stunning smile. Call any one of our four locations in St. Charles, Sleepy Hollow, Elgin & South Elgin, IL today at 630-883-0970 to schedule your appointment. You can also use our online form to schedule your appointment.