Does the thought of dental treatment set your heart racing? Have you neglected your routine care because of your fears? If so, you are one of the many, many American adults who struggle with dental anxiety. Being afraid of the dentist can be embarrassing. But at our Connecticut dental office, our Fairfield dentist is deeply understanding. And he knows that anxiety is not your fault.
Dr. Gary Horblitt is known for his compassionate demeanor. His gentle care can help calm your nerves. He also provides nitrous oxide sedation for deeper relaxation.
When you visit our Connecticut dental office, treatment can be easier than you ever dreamed possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety affects about 36% of the population. An additional 12% suffer from dental phobia. Anxiety can manifest itself in various ways. Sufferers may experience a racing heartbeat, sweating, or insomnia.
Phobia may cause low blood pressure, fainting, and panic attacks. Often, those who suffer from dental phobia neglect necessary dental treatment. Individuals with phobia may experience severe discomfort, tooth loss, and shame.
What causes anxiety or phobia?
Dental anxiety can arise for many reasons. For many people it starts in childhood. In fact, one study found that for 66% of anxious patients, their fears began in adolescence.
Dental anxiety often arises with a history of dental problems. Furthermore, many anxious patients have had a negative experience with a dentist in the past.
There may also be a genetic component to dental anxiety. And women are more likely to suffer than men.
What You Can Do to Combat Dental Anxiety
There are several steps you can take to soothe your nerves at the dentist’s office.
- Bring a friend or family member to your appointment.
- Listen to calming music before and during your visit.
- Learn breathing and muscle relaxation techniques.
- Communicate your fears to your dentist prior to your appointment.
- Most importantly, choose a Connecticut dental office that understands dental anxiety and phobia.
What our Connecticut Dental Office Can Do to Help
We will do everything possible to help you feel at ease in the dental chair. Before your appointment, Dr. Horblitt will explain everything that is going to happen. He is happy to answer any questions you may have. If desired, you can establish hand signals. These will alert the dentist if you need him to pause momentarily during treatment.
Finally, if your anxiety is very intense, we can provide nitrous oxide to help you relax. Nitrous oxide is more commonly referred to as laughing gas. It is an odorless gas, which you will inhale through a mask. Although you will be awake, you will feel at peace and even euphoric. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly. However, you you may feel somewhat groggy for the next 24 hours.
Contact Dr. Horblitt’s Office Today
You deserve a Connecticut dentist office that gives you the respect and compassion you need. To schedule a visit with a caring and compassionate practitioner, contact our office today.
Make an appointment online or call us at (203) 335-1011.