Are you a “dental chicken”? Don’t be embarrassed if you have dental anxiety. You certainly aren’t alone.
In fact, we treat patients who are afraid of the dentist almost every day at our office in Huntsville, AL. That may seem hard to believe at first, but our team bends over backward to make all of our patients as comfortable as they can be. That includes your physical and emotional comfort.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in years or you are hesitant to schedule an appointment for a particular treatment, contact the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS. Call 256-801-0002 to learn how we can make dental care easier for you to handle.
Take A Deep Breath
You have probably heard of laughing gas. You might not know that it’s been used by dentists for more than 150 years to make oral care easier for patients.
All you need to do is inhale the gas, and you will begin to relax within a matter of minutes. This can ease your anxious feelings. But that’s not the only benefit. Laughing gas also blocks pain, which makes it an excellent treatment option for many basic treatments.
If you have mild or moderate anxiety, this could help you ease your way back into a dental chair to get the cleanings and other care you need to keep your mouth healthy.
Swallow Your Fear
For patients who have stronger dental fear, we also offer oral sedation. This is as simple as taking a dose of medication prior to your appointment.
When you are feeling the effects of this medicine, you won’t feel any pain, and you can feel worry-free about your care. You may even fall asleep (which many patients say they prefer).
Compared to laughing gas, the effects of this kind of sedation can last for a few hours. So, you must arrange for someone else to drive you to and from your appointment if you choose to receive oral sedation. You also should plan to rest when you get home.
Reduce The Pain Of Paying For Care
We have heard from multiple people who are comfortable going to the dentist, but they are concerned about how to pay for it. We’ve got you covered in this area, too.
Keeping your mouth healthy should not put a strain on you or your wallet. We offer a variety of payment options, and we’ll work with you to find the one that fits with your budget.
If you have dental insurance, be sure to let us know. We want you to get the maximum benefits under your plan. You also can pay with cash, check, or major credit cards. If you are looking at an expensive treatment, ask about CareCredit to finance the cost of that service.
For more routine care, we recommend our in-house membership plan. For a low monthly fee, you’ll pay for your regular cleanings and exams. And as a member, you’ll receive discounts on other services.
How Can We Help You?
In addition, to our sedation option, we offer a variety of comfort options. Many patients find that a cozy blanket and pillow or watching a favorite TV show makes dental care easier to handle.