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Do Dental Visits Cause You Anxiety? Elk Grove, CA
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Do Dental Visits Cause You Anxiety?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that nearly seventy five percent of adults in the United States experience some amount of fear with regards to visiting a dentist. Unfortunately, this causes patients to avoid the professional dental care their mouth needs to stay healthy. Since we know that oral health and body health are closely linked, it can be detrimental if an anxious patient skips dental visits or avoids the dentist altogether.

Making Dental Visits More Relaxing

If you get sweaty palms or a racing heart at the thought of sitting in the dental chair, it’s okay to admit it and acknowledge it. Next, try to determine the specific cause of your dental anxiety, which can include one or more of the following common reasons why patients get nervous about the dentist:

  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of pain
  • Aversion to sights, smells or sounds of dentist (latex, dental drill, etc)
  • Bad experience at the dentist as a child
  • Severe gag reflex

If you can pinpoint the cause of your dental anxiety, you can communicate your fears to your dentist. There are many tactics that dentists use to alleviate discomfort and stress. It can be as simple as putting on headphones to muffle the sound of scraping or a dental drill or as extensive as using sedation dentistry to accomplish a fully relaxing experience.

The Perks of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can involve taking a prescribed sedative pill just before your appointment or breathing in a colorless gas called nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during your treatment. These methods are designed to put patients into a relaxed, worry-free state while still being able to communicate with their dentist and not be “put to sleep.” Nitrous oxide sedation is even safe for kids, and you can drive yourself home after your visit. Sedation dentistry is available for patients just like you, so don’t be afraid to ask.

At Laguna West Dental, we don’t want your anxiety or fears to stand in the way of a healthy and confident smile. Learn more about how our sedation dentistry services and soothing office amenities can change the way you feel about dentistry.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!