Dental anxiety and fear in San Jose, California, is not uncommon, and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Our team at AZ Dental understand that there are several reasons why someone may feel nervous about visiting the dentist, and we want to help you feel as comfortable and safe as possible. During your visit, Drs. Sheth, Furman, and De Leon will work with you to find relaxation techniques that work with you. When you visit our dentists, you can rest assured that we will listen to your concerns and do our best to accommodate them. Please feel free to contact us at 408-247-5500 and set up a visit with our dentists if you would like to discuss your concerns before your appointment.
Dental fears and anxiety can arise for a variety of reasons, including a bad experience in the past, a false idea that the dentist is out to cause as much pain as possible, or an anxiety of not being able to see what is happening. At our practice, our dentists are compassionate and ready to listen to your concerns. No matter the reason for your anxiety or fear, we will work with you to feel relaxed, comfortable, and safe during your treatment. Some of our possible solutions include:
- Talk to your dentist: our dentists cannot read your mind, and we want to make sure that you are comfortable. By discussing your concerns with us, we can be sure to accommodate them and take extra steps to secure your comfort.
- Listen to music: music can help distract you from the noises that often fill a dental office, such as drills. This can help decrease any anxiety that may come from uncomfortable noises.
- Agree on a signal: dentists often ask you to let them know when you feel pain, and our dentists do the same. Agree on a “stop” signal that both you and the dentist will recognize.
- Use throat spray: if you do not like dentist because you have a sensitive gag reflex, try using some throat spray. With just two or three sprays, your gag reflex can be more controlled for the duration of your visit.
- Take a mirror: if you are nervous about the dentist because you cannot see what is happening, take a mirror and watch what our dentist does. This can prevent your mind from wandering into false and terrifying stories about what our dentist is doing.
- Sedation: if other relaxation methods fail to help you feel calm, we are pleased to offer several sedation options that you can use for your treatment.
- Ask about alternatives: if there is a more comfortable way to perform a procedure, our dentists will do it. Advanced dental technology and techniques provide more comfortable treatments for our patients.
We welcome you to call or visit our practice with any questions you may have, and to discuss any additional relaxation methods if you suffer from dental fears and anxiety. We want to give you the most comfortable treatment possible!