No-Fear Dental Care

Feather Khoury No Fear Dentistry Nervous about heading to the dentist? Well now you can relax! Do you feel anxious just from the thought of visiting the dentist? Have you ever avoided dental cleanings or preventive dental treatments on account of fear? “The dentist” is one of the most widespread fears no matter your race, sex or social status. Nearly 50% of the public can feel nervous or uncomfortable about visiting the dentist or having dental treatments completed. One of our primary goals is to help make our patients truly feel relaxed and at ease throughout any kind of dental appointment. Nothing else matters if you don’t have a nurturing and understanding team by your side. We will by no means make a patient feel uncomfortable about their dental needs, and we try to fully understand and treat patients as special individuals

Listed here are some of the most common dental fears:

  • Fear of being embarrassed regarding the condition of teeth
  • Fear of gagging
  • Fear of injections
  • Fear of loss of control
  • Fear of Novocain not working as expected
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of the dental professional as a human being
  • Fear of the hand piece (or the drill)
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of dental noises and smells

Recently available technological breakthroughs have suggested that in some cases, dentists can take away noisy drills and offer fast and effective treatment. Additionally, there are numerous types of safe anesthetics designed to get rid of pain and decrease anxiety in the course of routine appointments. Our office has also been specially designed to put you at ease by removing many of the items, noises and smells of a common dentist office you might associate with your prior dental visits.

Comfort Treatment Options

Dr. Khoury and his team have effective sedation capabilities. We can provide many levels of comfort. 

• Topical & Local Anesthesia

We begin with a topical solution that ‘pre-numbs’ the injection area. Then the local anesthesia is used to completely numb the area being treated. This temporarily blocks feeling to the nerve and should last one to two hours or longer.

• Nitrous Oxide Gas

Almost all dentists agree that nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is extremely effective for fearful patients. The results are predictably miraculous. Patients who were scared just a minute or two before treatment is breathing calmly and visibly relaxing.

• Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation dentistry addresses the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis. Therefore, phobic patients who opt for oral conscious sedation are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary. In addition, if you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, oral conscious sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

• General Anesthesia (IV Sedation)

This is a technology used for patients who find themselves afraid to see a dentist and who thereby suffer with poor oral health as a result of that irrational dread. In our practice, a fully qualified specialist anesthetist is right there at the dental treatment and administers anesthetic intravenously that makes you completely unaware of your surroundings. While in this sedated state, you will not know that dental treatment is taking place. Oddly enough you will still be able to understand Dr. Khoury if he or she tells you something or asks you to open your mouth wider. When the procedure is finished, you immediately wake and you won’t recall any dental work being done. This will reduce stress and anxiety, which accompany treatment. There is no awareness of treatment during the entire procedure. Pulse, blood pressure and respiration are continually monitored throughout the procedure. The body rapidly metabolizes these types of anesthetic agents, allowing for a quick recovery.

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Here are some tips in lowering dental anxiety and fear:

• Talk to Dr. Khoury – Though it could be difficult to discuss irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Khoury could take additional precautions during visits if fears and stress are disclosed. That way, collectively, we may identify any specific worries or fears and work towards conquering these kinds of problems.

• Bring a portable music player – Music will act as a relaxant and in addition drowns out any fear-producing sounds. Listening to some comforting music in the course of this appointment will help to lessen anxiety.

• Decide on a signal – A lot of individuals are afraid that the dentist will not likely know they may be in significant discomfort while in the appointment, but will carry on the procedure regardless. The simplest way to solve this issue is to agree on a “stop” hand sign together with the dentist. Both sides can easily understand signs like raising the hand or gently tapping on the seat.

• Use a sore throat spray – Throat sprays (for instance, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) may actually control the gag reflex. A couple of sprays will often keep the reflex within check for about one hour.

• Take a mirror with you – Not having the ability to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make your mind run wild. Observing the procedure may help keep actuality at the front of your mind.

• Sedation – Choosing a comfortable level of sedation provides an outstanding option for many.

• Ask about treatment – Please let us know the extent and depth of treatment plan explanations you may need.

• Go over all the options with Dr. Khoury and choose the one that is effective and generates little anxiety. Defeating Fear

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We take your fears very seriously and are committed to providing a dental experience that may both transform your dental health and lower your dental anxieties. Should you have any questions or concerns about precisely how Dr. Khoury will help you overcome anxiety and fear, please call our dental office.

Contact Us

  • Amine Khoury, DDS
  • 3434 Villa Lane • Suite 160
  • Napa, CA 94558

  • Office Hours
  • Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday by appointment

  • (707) 265-9440

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