If you don’t like even the thought of going to the dentist, you’re in good company. By some estimates, 50 to 80 percent of adults in the United States have some level of dental anxiety. That anxiety can be as mild as just being a little uneasy or as severe as having your heart race and your palms sweat.
Anxiety is a mental and physical reaction to possible threat. It’s a normal part of human existence, and it helped greatly when we were still living in caves and dealing with physical dangers like wild animals and floods. Today, though, the threats we face aren’t as clearly defined, so the anxiety response is less useful.
Dental Anxiety Can Be Bad For Your Teeth
It’s completely understandable that people tend to avoid situations that make them nervous or apprehensive. In our many years of practice – a total of more than 55 years for our dentists, and 20 years or more for many of our staff – we’ve seen it all.
However, skipping dental appointments is a surefire way to set the stage for problems with your teeth and gums down the road.
At Lakeside Dentistry in Rochester, MN, we understand dental anxiety and we sympathize. All of our caring staff are committed to helping you have the most comfortable and relaxed dental appointments ever. Dr. Jim Gores, Dr. Lucy Gores, and Dr. Peggy Scott can ease your anxieties.
If you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or down scared in the dental chair, let us know. We’re highly experienced in helping people relax and tolerate their dental care. And while it may be hard to believe, quite a few of our formerly anxious patients now look forward to their visits!
How We Help You Beat Dental Anxiety
Feeling rushed or hurried in your appointment doesn’t put you at ease. We’ll make sure that we’re proceeding at a pace that’s comfortable for you. And since knowledge is power, we’ll also keep you informed of what we’re doing in a procedure, to the extent that you want to be informed.
The right pace and right level of information help a lot of our uncomfortable patients. For those who need a bit more help, we offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.
“Laughing Gas” Is Fast, Safe, And Effective
Nitrous oxide got the nickname laughing gas because some patients become giddy while breathing it. We provide a carefully-controlled mixture of nitrous oxide and air and can adjust the level instantly. We’ll turn it up if you’re still feeling nervous or turn it down if you wish.
Since you breathe in nitrous oxide, it goes to work in just a few seconds, helping you feel calm and relaxed. The effects wear off quickly and completely once we stop the flow of gas, so you can expect to drive yourself home after your appointment.
See How Comfortable Dentistry Can Be
Don’t let fear of the dentist keep you from having your healthiest mouth and brightest smile. At Lakeside Dentistry, we’ve helped thousands of anxious patients relax during their appointments.
Call our Rochester, MN dental office today at 507-316-6444 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.