If you suffer from anxiety over going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Approximately 140 million Americans suffer from a form of dental anxiety. Unfortunately, that fear can cause you to delay or avoid necessary dental care. Your smile shouldn’t be affected by a condition we can help you overcome.
At Sierra Dental Care, we’ve helped patients overcome their dental anxiety for years, and we believe we can help you. Dr. Glenn Takenaga and our friendly staff go the extra mile to make you feel more comfortable so that we can take care of your oral health.
Overcome Dental Anxiety
At Sierra Dental Care, we work hard to make sure you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed while you’re at our office. We’ve even installed massaging dental chairs in our office!
We suggest letting us know about your dental fear when you first make your appointment. That way we can plan ahead to help ease your fears. We can even try to help you figure out where your fear is coming from. Keep in mind that at our Modesto, CA office, we truly care about your wellbeing. We will never judge you or lecture you about your oral health.
There’s a good chance your anxiety or fear is stemming from a bad experience in the past. We hope you can give us the opportunity to replace those bad experiences with good ones. With the combination of advanced technology and caring staff members, our team here at Sierra Dental Care want to change the way you think about going to the dentist.
Remember You’re In Control
Feeling like you’ve lost control of the situation can induce anxiety in just about anyone. When you visit Sierra Dental Care, remember that you are in control. During your treatment, we can explain exactly what to expect. We will also check to make sure you’re comfortable before we continue treatment. We also set aside time for breaks as needed.
You can stop the procedure at any time if you feel too uncomfortable. We don’t want to overwhelm you. We’re here to help you!
At our Modesto, CA office, we offer dental sedation. Nitrous oxide can help take the edge off and ease your fears. You can also rest assured that we offer local anesthetic to help numb the areas we are working on to ensure your procedure is painless. During your visit and treatment, we will walk you through every step so you know exactly what to expect. With us, there are no surprises!
We should also mention that a lot of our patients come in worrying that treatment will be painful. The reality is that our treatments typically relieve pain instead of inducing it. If you come to us with a toothache, we can get to the root of the problem and relieve your symptoms.
Here are a few additional tips to help you overcome your dental anxiety:
- Visit our office with someone you trust, who has no fear of the dentists. They can encourage you and make you feel more comfortable.
- Use your own distraction techniques, if necessary. Listen to music through headphones or ask us to tell you a story. Just a little distraction can go a long way!
- Try controlled breathing. Take a big breath in through your nose then slowly let it out through your mouth. This will help slow your heart rate and relax your tense muscles.
Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Ruin Your Health
Don’t delay a checkup with your dentist any longer. Avoiding regular cleanings put you at risk for gum disease and other health problems that can become serious if left untreated. We encourage you to give us a chance to change the way you feel about going to the dentist.
At Sierra Dental Care, we go the extra mile to make sure our patients are comfortable. Your health and happiness are our top priorities. Call our Modesto, CA office to schedule a consultation and mention your concerns. We’re more than happy to help! Call (209) 846-3961 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!