Only 37% of adults in the United States visited the dentist in 2015. We aim to make that percentage higher. We take great lengths to make you feel comfortable. Our office offers Nitrous Oxide sedation, which is a safe and effective sedative that mixes with oxygen and is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. This type of sedation is not intended to put you to sleep, you will be able to hear and respond while you are sedated. This is a great option for those who have dental anxiety, because after the mask is removed the effects of the nitrous have already worn off.
We also offer pillows, blankets, and Netflix! (Yes, you read right!) We will let you pick out your favorite show and kick back while we gently complete your dental work! It is important to us that you feel comfortable and confident while you spend time with us in the dental chair. Tell us your fears and let us calm them, we are here for you!
Here are a Few Other Tips for Dental Anxiety:
Bring someone you trust to your dental visit with you, even have them sit with you during your treatment.
Bring a distraction such as: music and headphones, a book, your cellphone, stress ball, fidget spinner, or any small object that can occupy your hands.
Try relaxation techniques. Controlled breathing- taking a big breath, holding it, and letting it out slowly. This will slow your heartbeat and relax your muscles.
Talk to Dr. Hopkins or the assistant about your fears and why you have them, letting them know these things can help them specify a treatment plan for your anxiety as well. Just try to remember we are here for you and all we want is to make you feel better.