Dental anxiety in Tampa may influence many Tampa people, including some Kernagis Dental Excellence patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this essential topic. What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety in Tampa? The most detrimental consequence is when a patient delays dental care until the pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.
Furthermore, there are usually many other dental issues in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause a malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being. If you have dental anxiety in Tampa, what should you do to safeguard your oral health? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Kernagis of Kernagis Dental Excellence in Tampa. There are several individual fears associated with dental anxiety. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most frequent concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your particular fears and discuss them.
We have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. We explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, we assure the patient that we have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock us. We never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care.
If a local anesthetic is needed, we employ my finely-honed procedures which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue us to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure. These practices go a long way to alleviate anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is needed right away. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my comfortable team.
What if I need more help to get through treatment? Well at our office, we offer sedation dentistry to help patients get through treatments such as dental implants, root canals, or white fillings. To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, or any other dental topic, call Kernagis Dental Excellence at 813-863-9058.