Dental Anxiety and Fear

Dental Anxiety and Fear

Dental Anxiety & Fear Help in Nashua 

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety.  Many people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth.  The reality, however, is very different.  The comfort, relaxation, and happiness of the patient are embedded deep at the heart of any good dental practice.  The staff at the practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless, quick treatments.

Recent technological advancements have meant that in many cases, dentists are able to replace noisy drills with painless laser beams.  There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during routine appointments.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

  • Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
  • Fear of gagging.
  • Fear of injections.
  • Fear of loss of control.
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain.
  • Fear of pain.
  • Fear of the dentist as a person.
  • Fear of the handpiece (or the drill).

How can one overcome dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming.  It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.  Receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important. Having regular routine check-ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Talk to the dentist – The dentist is not a mind reader.  Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, the dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises.  Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment and will carry on the procedure regardless.  The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist.  Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex.  Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild.  Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.

Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people.  There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.

Ask about alternatives – Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Lasers can be used to prepare teeth for fillings, whiten teeth and remove staining.  Discuss all the options with the dentist and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.

If you have questions or concerns about how the dentist can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please call our dental office.

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Great experience Dr. Saint Germain has great knowledge from implants,root canals, fillings to extractions. I would recommend him for all your dental work. Prices are comparable to other dentists.
—Moe O.
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I was traveling in the area from out of state and developed a toothache in route. A local colleague referred me to Dr St Germain for treatment. Dr St Germain determined I needed a root canal and although his appointment schedule was fully booked kindly moved other patients around to treat me. He and his staff were the most professional I have experienced anywhere including my dentist at home. I would highly recommend his office for their services and wish I live locally so I could use this practice regularly. Thanks again!!
—Michael S.
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These guys were great and prompt and very efficient, place was great. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, clean office and great service. Prices were comparable to other spots, so it wasn't too expensive. Awesome! I recommend this dentist office here in Nashua, NH.
—Mark G.
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I loved everything about my visit... and let's be honest, that's huge when talking about the dentist! The office was warm and inviting, the staff was super kind, even taking the time to introduce themselves and shake my hand. Such a change from my previous dentist. Highly recommend!
—Jeffa L.
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Dr. St. Germain is very nice and explains things to his patients so they understand what is going on. He connects with them on a personal level which eases the "fear/anxiety" that one can have going to the dentist. MaryEllen is also great to talk to; whether you are on the phone or in the office, she will do anything she can to help you! I would defintiley reccomend Dr. St. Germain as your next dentist!!!
—Niki P.
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Dr. St. Germain & his staff are totally wonderful. Up on the latest technology but easy going & very accommodating. They know what they're doing & do it well.
—Michele M.
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I have known Dr. St. Germain since 2007. I would recommend Dr. St. Germain and his practice to everyone I know. He is a caring, competent, professional. He offers a wide range of dental services all in one place which my family and I really love. He is tops with my kids too! Your children don't need to be afraid of the dentist! I can attest to this! My sons' love the rides he gave them in his dental chair when they were younger and he always explains everything to them. They always leave his office with a smile, holding their new toothbrush or toy like a badge of honor. : ) Dr St. Germain always keeps up to date on all the latest dental techniques and studies which I love. He treats dental health with a "whole body" approach . He listens and really cares If you have dental anxiety now you won't after visiting Dr. St. Germain! His service and staff are top notch, and friendly too. Dr. St. Germain has helped me immensely, I had a few old filling which always gave me trouble, Dr St. Germain fixed them for me and I have never felt pain in those teeth ever again! My family and I Thank You Dr. St.
—Melanie P.
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I greatly appreciate the care I receive from Dr. St. Germaine and his staff. I very much appreciate the attention staff pays to ensuring how much my insurance will cover, and work to make it work for me. I am a fairly new recipient of their care, but like how I am treated and care for.
—Nancy K.
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Both my mother and I have attended Merrimack Valley Dental for the past 8 years and always have a quick and pain free experience. All of the hygienists remember me and act like one big family, while Doctor St. Germain makes every cleaning and procedure feel like a simple procedure while telling a story to distract you. They make a dentists appointment something you don't dread ahead of time!
—Juliano S.
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I have enjoyed being a patient at Merrimack Valley Dental Care. The staff are consistently friendly and helpful. They truly care about my health and that of my family. My two young children are patients as well. They have their teeth cleaned and have even had teeth "pulled"/removed; all of which have been positive experiences for them and myself. Most recently, I took my children for their six month cleaning. I had messed up the times of their appointments. The staff at Merrimack Valley Dental Care accommodated us by staying later than they were scheduled to! I was extremely grateful for their flexibility.
—Amy Y.
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The staff here is amazing! My family has always been treated with respect, care and professionalism. I have always had positive experiences there despite the fearful nature of dentistry in general. Would recommend them and do recommend them whenever I get a chance
—Stephen O.
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I saw some negative reviews on this place and was shocked. I have been a customer who came from an AWFUL dentist that really really made it hard for me to go to the dentist. I needed a lot of work. We developed a plan and are executing! Fair prices, great people- I would and have recommended St. Germain and practice to friends and family. Went today for a cleaning and the experience hasn't changed from the first day I went.
—Jesse G.
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I'm deeply afraid by dentists! I recently had a tooth extracted by DDS Albert St. Germain. He actually took the time to bring me in a calm state of mind. His gentail Staff of dental hygienist and office administration - I found my new dentistry!
Thank You Dr. St. Germain!
—John D.
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I hadn't been to the dentist in many, many years, and I was very nervous about the kind of work I might need when I first came to Dr. St. Germain and his staff. Right away, they were comforting and courteous. I had a cleaning within two weeks of my first visit, and a cavity filling several weeks later. Both procedures were done with skill and patience. There were no insurance hassles at all; the cleaning was 100% covered and the cavity filling had a reasonable co-pay. I would absolutely recommend "Dr. Saint" and his staff to anyone. They're extremely friendly and professional. I'll never enjoy a visit to the dentist, but at least I know I'm getting the best experience possible when I go to Merrimack Valley Dental Care.
—Roger T.
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