Dental Phobia

Solutions for Overcoming Dental Fear

DC Smiles can help you get the care you need.

Dental Anxiety is Not Uncommon

In fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have a fear of dental work, we want you to know that making you feel comfortable and safe at our office is our first priority.

Dental Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia

Dental anxieties and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Dental anxiety may be mild to moderate, and often takes the form of a general sense of worry and apprehension when thinking about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients feeling an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care all together.

We Can Help!

Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety; among them we offer compassionate sedation dentistry and we are ready to help with a wide range of anesthetic techniques and sedation.

Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:

  • Communication:
    Informing us as to what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by giving you correct or updated information. We will always keep you informed before, during and after your procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
  • Calming Techniques:
    Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
  • Listening to Music:
    With most procedures, the use of personal headphones and music is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
  • Oral Sedation:
    Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you including oral sedation.
  • Taking Breaks:
    Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.

Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Call Today to Make an Appointment. Old Town Alexandria Office Phone Number 703-299-4614

Pet Therapy

For any of you who have ever owned a pet, you know the benefits of having these loving beings in your life. Studies have shown that the simple stroking of a pet, such as a dog or cat, can actually lower heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure.

Even watching fish in an aquarium creates similar effects. It is both soothing and meditative. Many animal shelters are beginning to bring animals for visits to nursing homes, fostering a healing energy for so many elderly people. It definitely has been successful for while it can help reduce stress, it facilitates more social interaction. It also brings the people in the facility together with a common interest.

Many reflect on their own pet companions that may have passed and that they are missing. In reminiscing, they remember happy times. They seem to open up when they are around animals. It is great for children in rehabilitation centers as well. This so-called pet therapy is being recognized more and more.

Pet therapy also encourages prior pet owners to share stories, pictures, and descriptions of their beloved pets. It is definitely a way to get to know each other more.