Nervous about heading to the dentist? Well now you can relax!
One of our primary goals at Amine G. Khoury DDS 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.
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.
Dr. Khoury and his team have effective sedation capabilities. We can provide many levels of comfort treatment options:
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.
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.
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.
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.