Compassionate Care, Amenities, and Sedation to Help Manage Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety can keep you from visiting the dentist for years at a time, making you more vulnerable to periodontal disease, dental decay, and even oral cancer. Dr. Teddi Olszewski and the team at her Northampton, MA, practice have years of experience comforting patients with dental anxiety. Our amenities and gentle care will leave you smiling after your treatment. Furthermore, if you suffer from particularly severe anxiety, the staff at Northampton Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can administer nitrous oxide sedation. More commonly known as “laughing gas,” this medication is mild with virtually no risks. At the same time, it can dramatically ease your worries and help you feel completely relaxed during treatment.
The most important thing is to be upfront about your apprehension. When we know about it in advance, we can make simple modifications to your treatment.
Understanding Dental Anxiety
Our team is compassionate and empathetic. We understand that dental anxiety can be a tremendous hurdle to overcome. We also know that you may be hesitant to discuss your fear, and want to assure you that dental anxiety affects a large number of people. It can arise for many different reasons:
- A bad experience in the past
- Frightening stories heard second-hand
- A strong gag reflex
- Fear of needles
- Feeling like you have lost control
At Northampton Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to address the root cause of your anxiety and will take all the time necessary to address your concerns. We also want to make you an active participant in your treatment, so you never feel like you are out of touch with what is going on.
Easy Ways to Soothe Your Nerves
There are several simple steps you can take to reduce anxiety and make your visit as easy as possible:
- Have a loved one accompany you to your appointment
- Practice slow breathing to calm your nerves
- Count in your head to distract yourself during your treatment
- Set up a “signal” so that Dr. Olszewski knows to stop if your anxiety gets too intense
The most important thing is to be upfront about your apprehension. When we know about it in advance, we can make simple modifications to your treatment. We can also schedule you for a preparatory visit so that you can get to know Dr. Olszewski and learn exactly what to expect.
Sedation for More Pronounced Anxiety
If you have particularly strong anxiety, you may benefit from sedation. Our dental team offers nitrous oxide, an odorless gas that takes effect very quickly. As you breathe it in, you will feel deeply relaxed, euphoric, and giggly. Though you will be fully awake during your appointment, you should not find the experience to be stressful. Plus, nitrous oxide wears off so quickly that you can typically drive yourself home from your appointment.
A Pleasant, Relaxing Treatment Environment
Along with sedation, we provide several additional amenities to make your treatment more enjoyable. Noise-cancelling headphones can soothe and distract you in the dental chair. We also have neck pillows, massage pads, and warm towels. These simple touches can make your visit feel like a spa-like experience.
Choose Easy, Low-Stress Dental Care
If you struggle with anxiety, dental treatment does not have to be the unpleasant process it has been in the past. Contact Northampton Family and Cosmetic Dentistry online today to learn more about how we can help you manage your anxiety. You can also call (413) 584-2902 to speak with a member of our staff.