Some people are born with great teeth, while other people must aspire to them. Chances are that if you have not had many cavities or problems with your teeth, the prospect of a visit to the dentist is no more frightening than a visit to the car wash. But if you have a history of dental problems, or perhaps if you has a bad experience with the dentist when you were younger, maybe you would just as soon wash your car than come in for an appointment. It could be that you have some severe problems with your teeth and are embarrassed to have our dentist, Dr. Cynthia Landry have a look at them. And of course, some people are just not comfortable with the sights and sounds of a dental office, having someone else’s hands in their mouth or sitting in the chair. The potential for pain may keep some people from making their appointment.
Let’s face it, there can be any number of reasons why the thought of visiting the dentist may make you uncomfortable. And you may feel a sense of relief every time you pass a dentist office in Lepanto, Arkansas and don’t pull in. But that relief is only temporary, and if you have been putting off seeing the dentist because of anxiety, eventually, you and your teeth will pay the price. Then that sense of relief will turn into anxiety when you need urgent treatment for a cavity, gum disease, or if you need a root canal.
Fortunately, there are ways you can get past your dental anxiety and get your teeth the care they need to serve you throughout your life, and at Landry Family and Orthodontic Dentistry, we’ll be happy to work with you to make sure that you can feel more comfortable when you come in to see us.
First, try talking with the dentist and our team. Believe it or not, we’ve seen teeth in all conditions and if you are feeling self-conscious about your smile, don’t worry. We understand. When you are lying on your back staring up at a bright light, it easy to feel out of control. So it may help if we explain what will happen during your appointment. If you start to feel overwhelmed during your appointment, you should talk with us about setting up a signal you can give if you need to take a break for a few minutes. It may make you feel better to sit up and get your bearings, so let us know if you need to take a time-out. If pain is a consideration for you, and it is for many people, we can take steps to make sure that your visit is pain-free and comfortable. It may be that you are put off by the having nothing to do while you are in the chair, and the time may seem to drag on. You can always bring in your phone and your earbuds and relax with your favorite music or podcast, and let the time fly by!
Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from getting the care you need for your smile. If the thought of visiting the dentist makes you feel mildly apprehensive or even fearful, we can help. Call 870-493-3676 today to schedule your appointment.