Murray Hill Family Dental's Blog

3 Ways We Keep You Comfortable During Your Dental Appointment

Tuesday August 18, 2015 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

We get it, going to the dentist can be nerve wracking for many people. Even though most of the procedures are not painful, many still have a genuine fear or anxiety with the whole process, which is a normal reaction. Here, at Murray Hill, we understand that dental anxiety is very real, and we want you to feel comfortable when you visit us. We take measures at our offices to make sure that we are a dentist office that you can trust for all of your family’s dental needs.

WHAT IS DENTAL ANXIETY?

First off, it is important to understand that dental anxiety is a common anxiety that an estimated 9% to 15% of Americans face. This is because of fear and anxiety. When a person has dental anxiety, they usually have a sense of uneasiness when it comes time for their appointments.

They may have exaggerated worries or fears as their appointment gets closer. They may feel physically ill, get increasingly nervous while in the waiting room, have trouble sleeping the night before an appointment, or they may even have trouble breathing when objects are placed in their mouth during their appointment. Some people with severe dental anxiety actually avoid the dentist altogether, and their oral health usually suffers tremendously.

Dental anxiety can be caused by:

*The fear of pain
*Feelings of helplessness or loss of control
*Embarrassment
*Negative past experiences

We do not want to see anyone’s health and wellness suffer because of dental anxiety, so we have done our best to make Murray Hill Dental a comfortable dentist that you can trust.

HOW WE HELP TO MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE DURING YOUR VISIT

In order to make you feel most comfortable when you visit us, we provide a variety of different factors that will help to make your experience one-of-a-kind. The first is an obvious one, but still very important, especially for someone with dental anxiety. Our staff is extremely friendly, and we strive to make sure that our patients realize that from the moment they walk through our doors.

We know that a friendly staff member can ease a lot of anxiety when a patient walks in. Our patient coordinator will make sure that you have everything taken care of from the moment you walk in, which helps to alleviate stress on your end.

While you are waiting, we want to make sure you feel relaxed. We provide comfy couches, a coffee station, and plenty of reading material to make you feel right at home while you are waiting. We know this sometimes help to lessen the anxiety.

Another thing that we provide to help relieve dental anxiety is sedation dentistry. This is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for anyone who needs it. We offer sedatives that help to calm you, and the best part is that it does not require needles! The medications (one being laughing gas) create such a comfortable environment that most patients do not even remember their visit. One of the greatest benefits of sedation dentistry, besides calming the patient, is that more complex dental procedures can be performed, which, therefore, requires fewer visits back to the dentist.

The staff here at Murray Hill Dental strive to make your visit a stress-free, anxiety-free visit each and every time you come in. We want to make sure that you know we take all of your fears and worries seriously, and that we do our very best to accommodate all of your dentistry needs. If you are interested in visiting our office and speaking to our staff members and dentists, please contact us here! We would love to meet you and show you that a trip to the dentist is not so bad after all!

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