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Not everyone is comfortable visiting the dentist. While some people may be fine with keeping their appointments, some people feel anxiety, or even fear even when faced with a routine cleaning and exam.

That fear can be based on a number of things. A person may have had a negative experience at a dentist’s office in the past. Others may be uncomfortable with another person’s hands in their mouth, or may not like the feeling of a loss of control. Other people may want to avoid any potential discomfort while another person may be embarrassed about the condition of their teeth. But no matter the reason, if dental anxiety is keeping a person from seeing the dentist, they could suffer tooth decay, gum disease and other issues.

If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, you should have a talk with the dentist, or his staff. Dental offices understand that many people feel uncomfortable during a dental appointment, and can work with you to make your visit easier. Sometimes, just understanding what will happen during your procedure can make your appointment easier. You might also arrange for a signal you can give the dentist if you need to take a break while you are in the chair. Depending on your procedure, you may benefit from a medication to help you relax before your appointment, or you may be able to use intravenous sedation. Here again that will depend on your procedure. If pain is your concern, you should talk with the dentist about all of your anesthesia options. Nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas will relax you while you are in the chair. However, you will not be unconscious and the effects will wear off quickly once the gas is removed.

Don’t let your dental anxiety stand between you and a healthy mouth. Our dentist, Dr. Joe Rigg will be happy to spend some time with you helping you to work through your concerns and finding solutions to make your visit a pleasant one. If you would like to make an appointment at Joseph Rigg, DDS in Aberdeen, South Dakota, call phone today and let’s get your oral health on track.