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You Don’t Have To Fear The Dentist

  • March 7, 2017
  • If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. According to WebMD, dental phobia affects between 9 and 20 percent of Americans. Some people have general anxiety about going to the dentist even if they’ve never had a bad dental experience.

    People with dental phobia or anxiety naturally try to avoid going to the dentist. That’s not a good idea because the better regular dental care you get, the more healthier your smile will be.

    Regular dental visits can keep more serious issues at bay. If we can catch those issues early, we can fix them while it’s easier (and cheaper) to do so.

    Sometimes they’ll endure unnecessary pain for a long time just to avoid that visit to the dentist. If this applies to you, don’t hold off any longer experiencing pain when you don’t have to!

    Fortunately, at Gilbart Dental Care in Hagerstown, MD, we offer options that will help you feel at ease.

    Dental Anxiety: Signs And Causes

    Do you have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam? Do you feel physically ill at the thought of going to the dentist? Here are some reasons you could be experiencing anxiety:

    Fear of pain. Maybe you had an early dental experience that wasn’t pleasant. Maybe you just think there’s going to be pain. The fact is that dental technology has come a long, long way. Most of today’s procedures are less painful or pain-free altogether.

    Embarrassment. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a dentist, you may feel self-conscious about the appearance if your teeth.

    Whatever the reasons behind your anxiety, the team at Gilbart Dental Care can help!

    Dr. Jonathan Gilbart or Dr. Lucy Gilbart can sit down with you to talk about your fears and determine the best ways to make you feel less anxious. Here are some of the options we offer:

    Local Anesthesia

    If a dental procedure is going to cause any discomfort at all, we will numb the area we’ll be working on with local anesthesia before we begin. You won’t feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. If you start to feel uncomfortable, just let us know. We can adjust the amount of numbness throughout the procedure. Your comfort is our top priority.

    Nitrous Oxide

    You might know nitrous oxide as what it is commonly called: laughing gas. It’s a very light form of sedation not meant to put you asleep. We use it to help you feel relaxed during an appointment. You’ll be able to hear and respond to the dentist.

    This type of sedation is safe for patients of all ages. We’ll place a mask over your face and you will inhale the nitrous oxide during the procedure. It has been called “laughing gas” because it produces a feeling of euphoria, which puts the patient at ease.

    It works readily and wears off quickly and is also easily adjusted during the procedure. It’s a great solution for patients with mild dental fear or anxiety. We are currently planning on offering this sedation option at the Hagerstown location only.

    Oral Conscious Sedation

    We offer oral conscious sedation to help you feel very relaxed during treatment. You will take a pill or tablet before your appointment. This is a fairly light form of sedation and, as with nitrous oxide, will allow you to remain conscious and able to communicate with our team throughout your appointment.

    Please contact us if you have any questions about our sedation options.

    Friendly Staff

    It is very important to our team that you feel relaxed during your time with us. We are friendly, warm, and welcoming and will do everything we can to put you at ease.

    Other Comfort Amenities

    You’ll find TVs in our waiting room so you can watch a show to help you relax before your appointment. We will also offer you a warm blanket, a soft pillow, and music to listen to.

    We want you to know that your comfort is our highest priority. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you feel at home.

    Call Gilbart Dental Care to schedule an appointment at one of these locations:

    Hagerstown, 240-347-0910

    Frederick, 240-513-7523

    Ellicott City, 240-347-0614

    You can also use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment.

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