Dealing with Dental Fear

Fear is the biggest reason for people to put off going to the dentist.

Dental fear is common. Dr. David Shannon of Northridge has experience easing anxiety.

  • It may be unfounded fear because, if you’re overdue for your check up, you think you are going to get bad news as punishment for your neglect. That’s more like guilt.
  •  There may be fear of getting a needle. Well, now there are topical gels that if applied right allow you to get pain free injections. Then there is the “shake the lip like an earthquake” that keeps you from feeling anything.
  • There may be a fear of gagging. This can be managed with medication that eliminates the gag reflex.
  • There may be fear of feeling the drilling or feeling the pressure of having a tooth removed. Now we have a medication that will eliminate that easily while you're still awake (in case there is a fear of being put to sleep).
  • There may be a fear of the cost. We have wonderful interest free finance plans that allow you to get the work done now and pay for it later.

So as you can see, whatever the fear, our office has seen it all so we can work with you as long as you're honest with us and are willing to discuss your fears openly and in the beginning when we are getting to know you. Most of peoples’ fears center around the unknown and the loss of control we have when we don’t understand something. Open discussions are half the battle because we can help you overcome your fears in many ways. We can put you back in control of the situation very easily.

The number one way to overcome the fear and anxiety of a dental appointment is the use of a sedative. The medication we use acts quickly and within a few hours is out of your system. After a visit to the office, a short nap at home feels good and you are awake and alert for your evening activities. There are no side effects and most people say the nap was the best they ever had.  Sometimes people rather not take medication. An additional visit prior to the treatment can be set up where a single hypnosis visit can calm you to the upcoming dental treatment and has been quite successful for many people.

Whatever your decision, the first and most important decision is to do something to help yourself dentally.  Your first visit can be just an examination and consultation to get to know Dr Shannon so you feel comfortable in the dental chair. Take little baby steps to a better, healthier life first.