- December 4, 2016
What makes you feel anxious? Work? Family matters? How about going to the dentist office?
Dental anxiety affects millions of Americans, and experts estimate that as many as 1 in 5 people avoid the dentist completely because of anxiety or fear. If you are one of them, then we would encourage you to visit the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania for your dental care needs.
We offer a number of ways of relieving dental anxiety that set us apart from many other dental practices. We have embraced a holistic approach to dental care. We want our patients to be comfortable physically, mentally, and emotionally at our dentist offices in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA.
Call 610-228-4366 (Collegeville) or 570-505-6908 (Williamsport) to learn more.
A Wellness Approach To Dental Anxiety
Your mouth is part of your body. It affects your overall health, which is why we take a whole body approach to dental care.
Our office works with The Wellness Center to provide many services that you won’t find at other dental practices, such as:
▸ Acupuncture and acupressure
▸ Homeopathic care
▸ And more!
Amanda Ruth, our acupuncture specialist, has studied TCM, Five Element acupuncture, and Japanese acupuncture. She can use this training to help you feel more at ease and less stressed about your dental care. At our office, you can experience these benefits for yourself.
The philosophy behind homeopathic medicine is that everyone should be well emotionally, mentally, and physically. By understanding your symptoms, we can help you find a solution that could help ease your anxiety about dental care in general or a particular treatment.
Contact the LANAP & Implant Center to learn how our holistic approach can change your understanding of what dental care can be like.
Other Ways Of Managing Dental Anxiety
By taking a holistic approach, we are willing to use the options that work best for each patient. That means in addition to the services mentioned above, we also offer some more common ways of dealing with dental anxiety.
At a minimum, we believe your dental care should be as painless as possible. That’s why we start procedures with a local anesthetic. This will numb the area to be treated.
For many patients, the anesthetic is enough to prevent them from feeling pain during their dental care. Maybe just as important, many patients feel more relaxed when they realize their procedure will be pain-free.
We also can schedule longer appointments for you. How does this help with dental anxiety? Let us explain.
If you feel rushed, that can add to you anxiety. It may make you hesitant to speak up is something is bothering you.
By scheduling a longer appointment, you can feel comfortable asking to take a break at any time during your procedure. You can interrupt if something is bothering you or to ask a question about what is happening.
Many times, patients are able to complete their treatment without any problems. They often feel comforted because they know that they can take a break during their appointment at the LANAP & Implant Center.
Contact us today to learn more.
Dental Anxiety And Sedation
We have said it before and we will say it again. Every patient who walks into our Collegeville and Williamsport dentist offices should feel like a guest when visiting us.
Even so, we know that for some patients and some procedures that sedation dentistry is the best approach for everyone involved. Oral sedation and IV sedation are two ways we can provide you with dental sedation.
Oral sedation is great for patients with mild or moderate dental anxiety. It’s simple. All you do is take a dose of medication before your treatment begins.
By the time you are ready for your appointment, you will feel calm and comfortable. You may not remember much or anything about your procedure, but you will receive the same benefits.
You should be aware that the effects of the medication can last for hours at a time. For this reason, you also should arrange for someone else to take you home if you receive oral sedation.
We also offer IV sedation. This can be an ideal solution for patients with severe dental anxiety or patients who are undergoing more complicated procedures.
IV sedation is fast-acting, and it can be precisely controlled.
With IV sedation, you may be able to complete a complex treatment in a single office visit rather than spreading out that treatment over multiple visits.
Again, you should plan for someone else to give you a ride home after you receive IV sedation since the effects can last for hours after your treatment is complete.
Contact Us Today
Schedule an appointment for any of our services or to learn more about how our approach to treating dental anxiety.