Undergoing dental treatment can be a stressful experience for some people. Patients who suffer from dental anxiety, or who have had specific negative dental experiences in the past may even avoid coming to the dentist all together because the anxiety is so bad. Our Saint Louis dentists have found over the years that the number one factor that can transform the dental experience for a person is a sense of trust between the dentist and patient.
Developing trust between the patient and dentist begins with communication. When you meet with your dental team, give them as much information as you can about your dental concerns and history. The more that our dental team knows about a patient’s concerns, the better we’re able to tailor treatment to suit his or her needs.
Many dental patients also feel more comfortable as they learn more about the treatments they’ll undergo, and why these treatments are beneficial. Our dentist is here to be your partner in dental care—we’re here to answer all of your questions and help you get the treatment that you need.
Our team has also found that, in an ironic twist, many patients who suffer from dental anxiety actually avoid sedation treatments (which could help them in the dentist’s chair), because they don’t like the idea of being incapacitated during treatment. That is one reason why our team offers oral conscious sedation, which allows you to remain conversant with our dental team while benefiting from the effects of sedation. Once you’ve developed a sense of trust with our team, you can further minimize dental anxiety with state-of-the-art relaxation treatment.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here to support you as you pursue the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments that you need to stay well. The best way to get started is to give our office a call and schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!