“Fear is the mind-killer.” This is among the most memorable quotes from the novel and now feature film “Dune.” But did you know that this interpretation of how fear impacts us is consistent with neuroscience? A recent Forbes article explains how fear starts in our lower brain, or the amygdala, triggering the old fight or flight reflex.
But in people, “our higher cognitive brain can modulate that fear based on what we’ve learned.” This skill is why many people enjoy fear-inducing activities like bungee jumping, scary movies, or haunted houses. Their higher thinking stays intact, so they don’t experience the debilitating symptoms of the fear reaction.
For people in Chesterfield, MO, who experience dental fear and anxiety, these lessons may also be applied to help them receive the oral health care every person needs. Our mission at Clarkson Dental Group is to offer you a myriad of options so that you can conquer your fears, lessen your anxieties, and keep your smile bright for life.
How You Can Prepare for Your Dental Appointment
Believe it or not, when you make your routine dental appointment and keep it, you’ve discovered one of the best ways to tackle your dental worries. Avoidance of the things which cause you anxiety will not lessen your fear. That’s because the most prevalent fear is of the unknown. So once you replace diversion with familiarity, you will be on the right path.
Here are some more tips to make yourself ready for your visit:
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine and alcohol
- Focus on your breathing
- Practice open communication with Dr. Mahlin
Sedation Dentistry Is One Way We Help
We understand that for some patients, preparation can help but may feel insufficient. This is why we offer multiple dental sedation options that promote the appropriate level of relaxation for you. For example, nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that keeps you awake but feeling calm and less anxious, and the effects go away relatively quickly.
If you feel more intense anxiety, we also provide IV moderated sedation and oral conscious sedation, which offer you the ability to have even less alertness. Still, they also require you to have a ride home and take the rest of the day off. For many people, this is a welcome trade-off.
Some patients may feel more anxious about paying for their care than the care itself. If this is you, we are proud to offer several payment methods, including a membership club that entitles you to certain benefits. However, we never want financial worries to impede your oral health.
Sedation Dentistry Solves Dental Anxiety in Chesterfield, MO
Don’t let fear be your mind’s killer. Instead, face it by giving us a call, and you will reap the benefits of both dental and mental health. For our neighbors in the communities of Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ellisville, Town and Country, Clarkson Valley, and Ballwin, we welcome your call to learn if sedation dentistry is right for you.