Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Prevent You From Getting the Care You Need: We Have Options

Dental anxiety is completely normal. You don’t like the idea of needles and drills heading toward your mouth. You may have justified fears based on pain and discomfort during previous dental work, making you shy away from the dental chair now. Dental anxiety can be so great that it keeps you from getting the basic care you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You may settle for a subpar smile just to avoid going to the dentist.

At Westlake Smile Studio, we want to help you get a healthy, beautiful smile. Don’t let your fears keep you from receiving dental care or even brightening, straightening, or correcting a less-than-perfect grin. Dr. Mimi Theerathada and our compassionate team empathize with your anxiety and take every step possible to help you overcome it.

Fear of needles

It’s normal to be fearful of needles, especially ones headed toward the soft tissue of your mouth. Share your fears prior to your appointment, and we can help assure you by explaining the numbing gels we use prior to any injections. These gels ensure you won’t feel anything during the shot.

Fear of drills

Any oral drill work is reserved for when your mouth is already numb. Know that when numb, you may notice pressure and vibration, but no pain. If the sound of the drill is disturbing to you, we welcome you to put in a pair of earphones and listen to music or a podcast to help distract you.

Fear of pain

Topical anesthetics and sedation is available for most of our cosmetic treatments. This prevents any pain during your appointment. We go over exactly what you should expect throughout your treatment session, too. Knowing in advance what to expect can help relax you. When you tense up, you may become more sensitive to pain.

Fear of judgement

You may feel self-conscious about the state of your teeth — but that’s what you’re here for: to correct your smile. Our goal is to help you achieve a great smile so you’re no longer anxious about it.

Tips to reduce anxiety

If you feel stressed in advance of your visit, try to figure out exactly what’s causing your anxiety. You can discuss your issues with us, and we can find a solution together. You’re also welcome to invite a friend or loved one to come along on your visit, as you may get reassurance from the moral support they provide.

Don’t be afraid to ask for extra topical anesthetic or sedation if you feel you need it to ease your body and mind. You may also find that employing mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation, can go a long way in keeping you calm and collected during your visit.

At Westlake Smile Studio, we want to help men and women in Westlake Village, California, achieve their smile potential. Don’t let apprehension about time in the dental chair prevent you from looking and feeling your best. Call our office, discuss your fears, and get yourself in for a consultation to learn how to improve your smile today.

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