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Everyone is different. Some people look forward to seeing the dentist, while others may feel a vague unease about their upcoming appointment. Other people suffer from severe anxiety and still others have very real phobias about visiting the dentist. Some people are uncomfortable with another person placing their hands in their mouths, and some are anxious about whether or not there will be pain. Others may be self-conscious about the condition of their teeth, while other people just may not be able to relax in the dentist’s chair.

Be that as it may, seeing your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and exams, along with treating issues such as cavities and gum disease are vital to your oral health, and in some cases very important to your overall health. Even if you have legitimate anxiety about seeing the dentist, there can be serious repercussions if you do not go. So what can you do if you suffer from dental anxiety or a phobia?

One of the best things that you can do is talk to your dentist about your anxiety. Your dentist can work with you and adjust the treatment process to help you through it. If it has been a while since you have seen the dentist, you may be surprised at how far dental technology has progressed, and how much many procedures have changed. You may want to arrange for a sign that you need a break during your appointment. Nitrous oxide is a harmless gas that is administered through a mask over your nose that will help you relax while you are in the chair. You will remain alert and will be able to communicate with the dentist, and the effects wear off quickly after the gas is removed. Some offices offer music or other ways to relax during treatment, and your dentist may be able to suggest relaxation techniques or offer a referral to a professional who can help you overcome your fear.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley and his staff understand and are happy to help. To schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam, or for another dental need, you can contact Bright Smiles Dental in Casselberry, Florida at 407-628-1066. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment, and discuss any concerns that you may have.