3 Ways You Can Overcome Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety 1 in Waco, TX by Dr. Michael Thrasher of Hillcrest Dental Care

It could be the unnerving whir of dental tools, the aggressive air conditioning, or a bad past experience in the dental chair. Whatever the reason for it, fear of the dentist is a real thing! An estimated 15 percent of adults suffer from dental fear and anxiety that prevents them from getting the care they need.

At Hillcrest Dental Care, we get it. We know that these feelings can be consuming and seem like an insurmountable obstacle. That’s why Dr. Thrasher built his practice around patient comfort. He’s constantly seeking new ways to improve his patients’ experiences, and he has built up a team that’s similarly passionate!

From the moment you walk into our practice in Waco, TX, you’ll notice that we aim to challenge your assumptions about the typical dentist’s office. Read on to learn about three ways we can work together to help you overcome your dental anxiety!

Then, let’s work together toward improved oral health! Whether you need to schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning or there’s a dental procedure you’ve been putting off, give us a call at 254-400-2868 to schedule an appointment.

1. Opt For Dental Sedation.

It’s fairly common for dentists to offer various forms of dental sedation, which involves the use of medication to minimize pain and stress during dental work. But what’s different about Dr. Thrasher is his level of skill and expertise in the field of sedation dentistry! For more than 20 years, he has been helping nervous patients in the area by providing dental sedation. And in the time since, he has completed countless hours of continuing education to improve as a care provider.

At Hillcrest Dental Care, we’re proud to offer two levels of dental sedation. Dr. Thrasher or one of his caring staff members would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each kind with you to determine which better suits your needs.

Nitrous oxide is a mild form of dental sedation that’s perhaps more frequently referred to as “laughing gas.” When you opt for nitrous oxide, we’ll place a small mask over your nose, which will allow you to inhale the nitrous oxide gas. Within just a few breaths, you’ll feel your tension melt away.

We also offer oral conscious sedation, which provides a slightly deeper sedation than nitrous oxide. Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill, which you’ll take before your dental work is scheduled to begin. After just a short period of time, you’ll begin to feel relaxed. Oral sedation could be just what you need to overcome your anxiety so you can finally face that dental procedure or routine cleaning.

If you do opt for oral sedation, we ask that you have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from the office. That’s because the effects of the medication can last for several hours after your procedure. Your safety is important to us!

2. Take Advantage Of Our Comfort Options.

When you’re in our office, we want you to be able to sit back and relax! That’s why we’ve put together some comfort amenities that you can request to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

This includes:

  • Longer appointments so you won’t feel rushed.
  • Blankets if you get a bit chilly in the dental chair.
  • Pillows to support your head and neck.
  • Massage chairs to ease tension.
  • An eye pillow or sunglasses to keep your eyes comfortable.
  • Music to distract and calm you.

And if you need anything else to feel comfortable during your visit, feel free to ask!

We also believe that providing a stress-free experience means providing convenient payment options so that it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Of course, we accept cash, check, and most major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Mastercard, and Visa).

But we also offer zero-percent financing for up to 24 months for patients who qualify! Additionally, financial assistance is available through CareCredit and Springstone. So, if your dental anxiety stems more from the bills than the actual visit to the dentist, don’t worry. Hillcrest Dental Care has got you covered.

To learn more about our payment options, or to find out whether you qualify for our in-house financing, call us at 254-400-2868, and talk with a member of our administrative team. They’d be happy to help.

3. Choose A Dentist You Trust.

Sometimes, all it takes is the right dentist to help you overcome your fears. When you come to Hillcrest Dental Care, you’ll be greeted by friendly faces who want to see you achieve smile success!

Plus, you’ll feel great knowing that Dr. Thrasher has a track record of excellence, both in his education and in the field. He graduated cum laude from Baylor University, which is where he also attended dental school. Since then, he has joined many professional organizations — such as the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and more — so he could share and exchange knowledge with his peers.

He also has completed advanced training at renowned institutions like the Pankey Institute in Florida, The Dawson Academy, the Las Vegas Institute, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

This extensive training also means that Hillcrest Dental Care is a place you can go for high-quality comprehensive dental care. Dr. Thrasher is skilled across a number of areas of dentistry, including cosmetic and restorative services. Whether you want to correct a misshapen tooth with dental veneers or replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, our team is able to meet nearly all of your dental needs in one convenient location.

If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear that has interfered with your oral health, consider making Hillcrest Dental Care your “dental home.” You’ll love our detail-oriented and personalized approach to dentistry, and you’ll love our commitment to your comfort! And who knows? In time, you might even begin to look forward to your visits!

Call us today at 254-400-2868 to schedule an appointment, or simply fill out our online form.

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