Scared Of Getting Dental Implants? Discover How Dental Anxiety Management Can Help

Dec 07, 2023
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This article explores how patients and their dentist can work together to conquer dental anxiety management, enabling them to pursue dental implants to restore their smile and confidence. Continue reading to learn more.

Dental anxiety is estimated to affect around 36% of the population which can prevent them from getting the dental treatment they want or need. When it comes to dental implants, this apprehension becomes even more pronounced, posing as a significant barrier to accessing affordable and transformative solutions for the restoration of missing teeth.  

At Chesterfield Dentistry, we understand the impact of dental anxiety and do all we can to provide patients with the confidence to pursue our dental implant solutions. Our dedicated team has a system of effective strategies in place designed to manage anxiety, foster a positive experience and ensure successful dental implant procedures. Through commitment to education, relaxation techniques and a supportive, caring environment, our goal is to help you manage your dental anxieties and restore your smile with confidence.  

With this in mind, let’s discuss how we can work together to manage your dental anxiety, ensuring you remain comfortable, informed and supported throughout each stage of the dental implant journey. Through addressing your concerns and assisting you in managing anxiety, our goal is to empower you to confidently pursue dental implant services, thereby enhancing your oral health, functionality, and overall quality of life.

Navigating Dental Anxiety – A Guide For Anxious Patients

  1. The cause of dental anxiety

Acknowledging and understanding the reason you’re fearful of visiting the dentist, is a critical element of dental anxiety management. Frequent causes of dental anxiety include:

  • Past unpleasant dental experiences: Previous negative encounters with dental appointments can significantly contribute to dental anxiety, fostering apprehension about future visits.
  • Fear of pain or discomfort: Some patients may steer clear of dental implant procedures due to the dread of potential pain or discomfort during treatment.
  • Loss of control: The act of sitting in the dental chair can evoke a sense of vulnerability in some patients, instigating anxiety and unease.
  • Embarrassment: Feelings of insecurity about one's dental condition can contribute to a sense of insecurity when seeking dental care.
  1. Effective ways for you to manage dental anxiety

Now you have a better idea of the factors that contribute to dental anxiety, the following tactics can help you get to grips with your fears and ensure a positive dental implant experience.  

  • Embrace open conversation – Don’t bottle up your fears. Instead, feel free to chat openly with your dental implant dentist about your concerns. Knowing how you feel, will help them tailor your treatment to accommodate your unique needs and preferences.
  • Eliminate any doubts - Knowing that your dentist is a qualified professional establishes trust. After all, you are viewing them as an expert. No dentist worth their salt will be offended when a nervous patient asks them questions about their experience and success rates in dental implant surgery.
  • Trying relaxation techniques: Incorporating relaxation techniques like deep breathing, visualization, and progressive muscle relaxation can help ease anxiety. Practice these methods before your appointment to boost your confidence in their effectiveness during treatment.
  • Adding distractions and comfort: To make your dental procedure more pleasant, bring along headphones so you can listen to your favorite music or an interesting podcast. Distraction is a powerful tool to help patients cope with dental anxiety. Besides drowning out the stress-inducing sounds of drilling, audio input can help you focus on something other than the dental implant procedure. You might also want to consider asking for a neck pillow or a cozy weighted blanket to help you feel more comfortable during the treatment.
  1. A welcoming environment

At Chesterfield Dentistry, our dental implant team is devoted to creating a supportive environment that places a high priority on patient comfort and well-being. Building strong connections with our patients and fostering open communication are central to our commitment, as we strive to shape a positive, stress-free treatment experience that is customized to your specific needs and anxiety levels. We take the time to explain the procedure step-by-step, so you know what to expect before you embark on your dental implant journey.

  1. Dental sedation lends a helping hand

Given that placing dental implants involves surgery, patients generally require some form of sedation to ensure comfort throughout the process. The choice of anesthesia depends on factors such as the number of implants, the dentist's preference, and the patient's pain tolerance. Regardless of the chosen sedation method, patients should not experience any pain or discomfort during the surgery.

To appreciate the benefits of sedation in this context, it's crucial to understand the dental implant surgery itself. The procedure involves inserting a small titanium post under the gums to integrate with the jawbone. As this requires cutting the gums, which can lead to soreness, being relaxed or asleep during the surgery is preferred.

For patients opting for sedation during dental implant surgery, there are various options. If only one or two implants are to be placed, local anesthesia is often sufficient to keep the patient comfortable. However, if the dentist plans to perform additional procedures like a bone graft, a general anesthetic may be preferable.

Conscious sedation is another option preferred by many patients, nervous or otherwise. This form of sedation helps patients relax throughout the dental implant procedure and is typically used alongside local anesthesia. It can be administered orally through pills or with nitrous oxide. While the patient remains conscious and aware, they are fully relaxed.

In conclusion

Opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth is a common and worthwhile decision. Don't let dental anxiety hold you back. Speak with our dentist to explore available options that can help you stay calm and comfortable during the procedure. For further insights into dental implant surgery, consider scheduling a consultation with Chesterfield Dentistry. Call us at 314-936-3621 or use our online booking service.