951 Lone Star Parkway
Montgomery, TX 77356
New Heights Dental
7700 Broadway St Ste 102
San Antonio, TX, 78209-3260
DR Robert Mcneil & Dr. Ronald Rogers
1530 Forest Ln S Ste D
Garland, TX, 75042-7946
Dr. Todd Brownlee, D.D.S.
5470 West Lovers Lane Inwood Village Suite332
Dallas, TX, 75209
Highland Park Dental
6725 Hillcrest Ave Ste B
Dallas, TX, 75205-5617
We'd like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today's dentistry: it's much less stressful than it used to be.
Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to dental anesthesia have all contributed to comfortable dentistry, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canals.
But what if you didn't grow up with modern dentistry, and remember it differently?
If you have had difficult dental experiences, you may be among the 150 million Americans who white-knuckle their way through treatment, or avoid the dentist altogether. The fact is, about 80% of the fearful can overcome dental phobia, with a little help from conscious sedation.
Many dentists understand dental fear and where it comes from. And many are becoming trained in forming good working relationships with fearful patients. Your dentist should encourage you to voice your anxiety and discuss your problems with him or her, before he or she touches a tooth in your mouth.
They should listen to your needs, and agree on small things that help you maintain a sense of control - a hand signal works with some patients. But talking about fear with your dentist - being assertive and letting him or her know what bothers you - is the first step.
If you're moderately anxious, the dental team can provide distracting diversions to put those concerns to rest. If you're extremely anxious, they can virtually put anxiety to rest via oral sedation. This approach involves taking a mild sedative before you arrive for your appointment. You remain awake, but extremely relaxed - so relaxed that many patients have all their needed dental work completed in a single office visit. If dental anxiety has kept you from making an appointment you know is needed - a sedation dentist can help!
The world of modern dentistry is embracing exciting advances in technology for increased patient comfort, care, and convenience. Here are some ways dentistry is taking oral care into the new millennium.
With a new hi-tech face on modern dentistry, patients can look forward to a new face in dentistry and greater comfort with more byte!"
By Brian J. Gray, DDS, MAGD, FICO