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If you neglect your smile’s oral health this holiday season, it can lead to serious damage to your smile. If you find yourself down too many sweets this holiday season, you may find yourself at the dentist office. However, many individuals are afraid of getting their teeth properly cared for. If this is you, you may be suffering from what is known as dental anxiety.

Dental anxiety is a common oral health condition that arises from the fear or stress of having oral health care treatments done. In addition, individuals may feel anxiety or fear from visiting a dentist office. Fortunately, there are treatments to help you deal and cope with the daunting task of an oral health care visit.

If you suffer from mild stress relating to dental anxiety, a fidget spinner or a squeeze ball may be given to help you ease your mind and focus on alternative thoughts. In addition, if you are daunted by the noises at the dentist office, calming and relaxing music can be put on to help relax you. Speak with your dentist if you suffer from anxiety to determine which treatments can be used to help you cope with the condition.

Many individuals who suffer from anxiety are often afraid of the pain that is associated with oral health care treatments. If you are in need of an oral health care treatment, a sedative may be administered. Minor sedatives can be used to help you calm stay calm and undergo treatment with little or no pain, or even deep sedatives which can put a patient to sleep and allow you to have complex oral health surgeries completely done without awakening. Speak with your dentist to determine your options.

No matter which dental anxiety treatment you desire, Dr. Peter McPherson and our team at Twin Falls Family Dentistry will make sure that your teeth and gums are properly treated. To schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning at our dentist office in Greer, South Carolina, please contact us at 864-663-5019. We will do our best to help you in any way we can!