Dental fear causes very few people to like to go to the dentist. This is a universal problem for patients.
What can we do to prevent this problem?
We encourage you to talk to your children in a positive way about your own dental appointments before they need any dental care. This allows them to become acquainted with dentistry before it is any threat for them. Read them children’s books about going to the dentist. Do not pass your dental fears onto your children. Be sure you are doing everything you can to prevent them from getting decay. Use a fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouth rinse, be sure they are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. They will need help brushing and flossing until they are 8 – 10 years old. Try to wean them off a bottle by the time they are 1 year old. Never put a child to bed with a bottle in their mouth. Six months after their first tooth erupts, on by age 1 year, make them an appointment at a dental office to establish them as a dental patient. They will likely not cooperate with an exam and cleaning, but a lap exam can be completed and the dental team can start talking about caring for their teeth. As soon as they will cooperate with a cleaning and exam, this is generally around 3 years of age, set them an appointment for every 6 months. If you do all this they will have fewer problems and we will find the problems while they are smaller and easier to correct. Our goal is for children to have positive experience with dental appointments at a young age.
How can we help you?
We also have found that the more you know about what we are doing and why it is necessary the more relaxed you will be while in the office. Fear of the unknown is greater than fear of the known. If you ever have questions please ask.
What can we do for those who are already fearful?
The easiest and safest solution is the use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). This will relax most patients and is very safe. You breathe the mixture through a small nose mask. Within a few minutes you are quite relaxed, but awake and in control. Before removing the mask you will breathe 100% oxygen to flush the nitrous out of your system. You can drive yourself to and from you dental appointment when using nitrous oxide.
What if you are still not relaxed?
We can prescribe other oral sedatives that you take in pill for before your appointment. This does require that you have an adult drive you to and from your appointment. You cannot drive or operate any tools or equipment that could cause injury while under the influence of this medication. It is also important that you not use any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. This prescription has to be made and picked up prior to the dental appointment so planning is necessary for this option. In this office you cannot combine oral sedatives with nitrous oxide, Dr. Pool is not licensed or trained for that combination.
The most important thing that you can do to get over your dental anxiety is to come in for regular exams and cleanings. This will help us to provided preventative and conservative dentistry. When you start to have positive experiences at the dental office (only cleanings and exam with no dental treatment needed) then you will start to feel more comfortable in the dental environment. If there is ever a problem we will catch it early, before it hurts, and then we can fix it before you are in pain. In general when we catch problems early it equates to less pain for you and usually less cost. We understand that this can be a long process but we are here to help you along the way.
6475 Wall St Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO 80918