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Why overcoming dental anxiety is important

Avoiding going to the dentist can cause gum disease and premature loss of your teeth. It can affect even your overall health. Numerous studies have shown that bad oral health is associated with conditions such as heart disease and disorders in both of the lungs.

How to know if you have dental anxiety

  • Trouble sleeping the night before dental appointment
  • Getting more and more stressed when you're in the waiting room
  • Wanting to sob or feel physically sick just thinking about the dentist
  • Feeling anxious or unable to breathe while you're sitting in a dentist's chair
  • Thinking of a dental instrument in your mouth is overwhelming.

How you can overcome your dental anxiety

Everyone needs to look after their teeth, because healthy teeth and gums are vital for your entire body's health. What's more, everybody wants to see yours lovely smile!

There are just a few ways to conquer the fears of dental visits. The dentist will tell you more things to make you feel at ease.

Be transparent about how you feel

Speak to your doctor, hygienist or dentist about how you are feeling. When you set your appointment and when you arrive tell them about your fears. Understanding how you feel makes them treat you better. Furthermore, acknowledging your worries will help to lower your stress level.

Set a safe signal

Pick a gesture that you can use if you are feeling anxious and need a break — a smile, a thumbs down sign, a touch on the shoulder. Controlling when your dentist or hygienist begins and finishes will help to reduce your anxiety.

Hold your breath

We still hold our breath when we're stressed, without even knowing it! Holding your breath reduces your level of oxygen and increases your level of tension so let it out and try to stay focused on taking long, deep breaths.

Calm your body and mind

Are your hands clenched? Curled toes? Your entire face scrumpled? Concentrate on calming the muscles from head to toe.

Schedule your appointment at your convenience

When your appointment is scheduled in the midst of a busy workweek, the additional tension will make things worse. Visit on a Saturday or at night when you are not being pressed for time.

Dental sedation

Your dentist can prescribe a sedative to help you stay calm, after you speak to your dentist about your anxiety. You have a range of choices from a mild sedative like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to a stronger sedative that can put you to sleep.

What Our Patients Say About Us

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Lizz Moore
Lizz Moore
PLEASE!!!! don't go there!!!! I had upper dental implants done last year. This doctor totally messed my mouth up. I had to have ALL of my dental work re-done by a oral surgeon and periodontist at the same time. I was in surgery for 3 1/2 hours. They had to remove all the implants and do a total bones graft ,which will take 3-4 months to heal before I can get my permanent teeth. I can't chew any solid food for 3 toc4 months. If I could give them a zero rating I would.
Nov 28, 2023
Tracie Hogue
Tracie Hogue
Very kind, and understanding they were more than happy to help me in any way they can, my credit is poor but I got financing through them because of their help. The other dentist I had gone to didn't care about me and didn't care about notifying me or helping me with a payment plan. They were only concerned about money I wasted so much money with them but affordable dentist near me or wonderful and can meet my needs I like the staff also and the lady that helped me with financing. If I could remember her name right now I would write it down maybe next time I will learn her name but these people are good people so if you need a dentist this is your best bet I've been online I have searched and I found them affordable dentist near me and that was lucky so do it yourself check them out you would be pleasantly surprised. They are located in Crowley Texas okay ... .
Aug 29, 2023
Gwendolyn Miller-Shain
Gwendolyn Miller-Shain
They have been a God send. I can smile again!!! I got a full top implant and they’ve been so helpful and informative every step of the way. Dr. Pham is so nice and knowledgeable. Jennifer takes great care of patients too! I wouldn’t trust my mouth with many due to the awful state my mouth was in, but they’ve done a great job. HIGHLY recommend.
Aug 01, 2023
Asha Major
Asha Major
I so love affordable dentist. At first I was skeptical and unsure but I took a leap and made an appointment. I’ve been going through some extensive dental work, but the staff here is exceptionally loving and they make sure my confidence stays up to par. I love the ladies here so much it feels like family and I hate to leave lol 😂. The doctors are very nice, helpful, and professional. I got a tooth extracted, and implant placed in less than 15 minutes and I couldn’t believe the doctor when he said it would take that amount of time. Affordable dentist and its staff keeps me laughing and smiling but most of all feeling loved. 🥹🥹
Mar 28, 2023
Jo Soto
Jo Soto
I had to have a tooth extracted because of how badly it hurt. I called and they got me in on the same day. Jasmine was super sweet as she rubbed my arm while I was being injected in my mouth. Dr. Nguyen had a little bit of a challenge pulling my tooth out, but she got it! All in all I had a good experience, I would definitely recommend this location.
Aug 31, 2023

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