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How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

Year after year, dental anxiety is one of the top reasons people neglect to visit the dentist. In fact, dental phobias can be so significant that some individuals even avoid seeing the dentist when they know something is wrong, such as a broken or missing tooth, severe pain while chewing, intense sensitivities to hot and/or cold substances, and various other concerns.

If you can relate to this fear of the dentist to any degree, don’t worry—there are solutions available to manage your anxiety and help you feel completely relaxed while receiving the oral care you need or desire. 

At our practice, Dr. Colin Morton offers sedation dentistry in the form of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), as well as numerous in-office amenities like blankets, warm towels, and movies playing on TVs during treatment. For individuals experiencing dental anxiety, the use of nitrous oxide coupled with these creature comforts works to create a sense of calm that can put you at ease and take your mind off the fact that you’re at the dentist. As an added benefit, when you’re in a completely relaxed state, treatment can often be performed more quickly and efficiently, potentially shortening your overall time in the dental chair.

Following your treatment—whether it’s a routine teeth cleaning or a cosmetic dentistry procedure—the effects of nitrous oxide typically wear off quickly, so you don’t have to deal with the lingering symptoms of some sedatives that require hours out of your day. In fact, many of our patients are able to drive themselves home and resume normal daily activities right away! 

To learn more about options for managing dental phobia, or if you are in need of dental care and wish to schedule an appointment at our practice, please feel free to contact us online or by telephone today. Dr. Morton and our team are happy to deliver the oral care you seek while providing an experience that is free of both stress and anxiety.

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