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Don’t put off dental work any longer! You may be embarrassed by the fact that you are scared or you may experience anxiety at the thought of seeing your dentist, but you’d be surprised at how many people feel dental anxiety. Between 20 and 30% of Americans experience some type of anxiety when going to the dentist, and we know how essential it is to see your dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning. Here at Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists want to help you feel comfortable and relaxed, whether it’s taking a softer approach, providing you with a soft, warm blanket for comfort, or whatever you are most relaxed with.

Here are some things we can do together to prepare for an appointment:

-Inform our office you are experiencing dental anxiety, great or small, and we can help ease your concerns. We will help set expectations at the office by taking an approach you are comfortable with and explain the process beforehand.
-If you feel most comfortable with our team explaining what they’re doing during treatment, we can do that as well.
-Distract yourself by listening to some tunes, a podcast or your favorite film. We can also provide a soft blanket.
-Focus on deep, slow and even breaths.
-Set up a signal beforehand if you need to notify the dentist you need a break.
-Bring a friend or family member along who does not experience any type of anxiety. You can have them sit with you or even have them get a dental exam and cleaning beforehand.

As you may already know, avoiding the dentist can lead to dental problems, infections, periodontal disease and can even affect your overall health. These can sometimes be linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, low birth-weight children and more. It’s time to overcome those fears and schedule an appointment today!

Some symptoms of dental anxiety and reasons why you may experience it include the following:

-You experience nervousness or unease when going to or thinking of the dentist
-Trouble sleeping before an approaching exam
-Escalated uneasiness in the dentist’s office
-Fear of pain, injections or side effects
-Embarrassment (some may feel uncomfortable in close proximity with others or self-conscious about their teeth)
-The feeling of no control
-Unpleasant past experiences

Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists use sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed and at ease. You will have little to no memory of the treatment, waking up rejuvenated and having received all your treatment. Can you imagine saying sedation dentistry changed your life? This safe, drug-induced state where you are conscious helps you stay in a deeply relaxed state, so you are anxiety-free. You will need someone to drive you home afterward. Don’t hesitate to ask our friendly team about sedation dentistry. We’ll be happy to answer any questions for you.

Give Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists a call at 760-851-0314 and tell us of your concerns. Our team will be happy to help you through your appointment so you can feel comfortable and at ease. We know how important it is to take great care of your oral health and how it can affect your overall health, so call our office here in Palm Desert, California, today! We will be happy to help anyone in the surrounding communities as well including Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs and anywhere in the Coachella Valley.