Do you dread going to the Dentist? Does your palms start to sweat and your heart starts beating faster when you walk in the door? Do you find yourself avoiding making an appointment because of your fears? If this describes you, you are not alone. Somewhere between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
According to WebMD here are some of the most common reasons for dental anxiety:
- Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental “pain and horror” stories told by others. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today’s dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
- Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work. Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
- Fear of anesthetic side effects. Some people fear the potential side effects of anesthesia such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea. Others don’t like the numbness or “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics.
- Feelings of helplessness and loss of control. It’s common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation — sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.
- Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or hygienist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.
If you suffer from any of these anxieties, the best thing you can do is talk about your fears with Dr Brogdon. He can discuss ways to make you feel less stressed and more comfortable. Ask him to explain all he is doing, when he is doing it. Knowing what to expect can help you relax. If you have any pain or just need to catch your breath, you might raise your hand or give him some signal to stop what he’s doing.
Dental Anxiety doesn’t have to keep you from having the best smile possible. We are here to help. Give us a call and set up that appointment. Don’t be one of those 20%.
When you go to the Dentist you may be assisted by one of our RDA’s or Registered dental assistants. Registered dental assistants work alongside dentists to provide dental care for patients. Some of their tasks include setting up and sterilizing instruments, handing instruments to the dentist, preparing the patient for treatment, and educating patients on proper dental care.
At Brogdon Dental we have 2 Registered Dental Assistants that are here to assist Dr. Brogdon during his dental procedures, Lisa Teague and Brandi Arnold.
Lisa Teague has worked with Dr. Brogdon since 2007. This is what she says about working with Dr. Brogdon.
I have total confidence in him as a Dentist. I enjoy working with him and enjoy building relationships with our great patients.
Brandi Arnold has been with Brogdon Dental since 2008. Here are her comments about the practice.
I have been with Dr. Brogdon’s office since 2008. I was a patient of his when I was a child! I enjoy the family atmosphere and it’s just like being at home.
We have a great Staff. Here is another one of our Hygienist. Since our Hygienist have been with us for so long, you can be sure that you will see the same one every time you come and they will create a relationship with you that you can depend on.
Hello my name is Angela Trantham and I am a Dental Hygienist. I have worked for Dr. Brogdon since 2001 and he is awesome to work for! I enjoy the opportunity to educate and improve our patients oral health. It is a challenging but rewarding job.
An important part of our team is our Hygienist. One of our Hygienist have been with us for 25 years. In fact she has been with us for longer that anyone. Here’s her story…
Hello my name is Bethany Sewell and I am Dental Hygienist. I have been with Dr. Brogdon since 1993. The part I love best about my job is seeing people improve their dental health. I love all my patients, co-workers and my boss and I enjoy coming to work everyday.
What more can we say? Our Hygienists love their jobs!
A Dental Hygienist is an important part of any dental team. They provide full oral health care, focusing on the prevention and treatment of oral disease and work closely with the Dentist.
Some of the duties they perform include:
- Patient screening and intake procedures
- Taking and developing x-rays of your teeth
- Basic cleaning of your teeth
- Applying sealants, fluorides, or other substances for preventing tooth decay
- Assisting with procedures in cosmetic dentistry
- Helping educate patients on proper oral care
One of the most important things to look at when choosing a Dental Practice is how long the Hygienist have been with the office. At Brogdon Dental our hygienist have been with us for many years. We will spotlight some of them in future blogs.
Since February is known as Heart Month is there a relationship between your oral health and your heart health?
Heart Disease is defined as cardiovascular disease, and occurs when blood vessels either narrow or become completely blocked, a condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or chest pain. So what does this have to do with your Oral Health?
Recent studies show that if you have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, you’re at greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums.
According to colgate.com, patients with chronic gum conditions such as gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease have the highest risk for heart disease caused by poor oral health, particularly if it remains undiagnosed and unmanaged. The bacteria that are associated with gum infection are in the mouth and can enter the blood stream, where they attach to the blood vessels and increase your risk to cardiovascular disease.
So what should you do? Regular dental exams and good oral hygiene are two ways to protect yourself against developing gum disease. Visit our office at Brogdon Dental for regular professional teeth cleanings. We want to keep your heart and your smile healthy as well as beautiful!
Here we are almost at the end of January. So how are you doing with your new years resolutions? Did you vow to set up that dental cleaning in January but never got around to it?
It’s never too late to start keeping those resolutions! We are here waiting to hear from you. Give us a call at 423-870-5698. Don’t wait for another month to pass you by…