At our office (in Decatur, AL), for patient comfort, we do have blankets available. Some people get cold, and we have pillows if someone needs extra support. We have nitrous oxide, which is commonly called laughing gas, which just relaxes you and makes you not care as much. These things we do just to make things more comfortable for our patients.
Dental anxiety is not uncommon. In fact, it affects between 10 to 20 percent of all Americans. That’s between 30 and 60 million people who are afraid of going to the dentist. If you become nervous just picking up the phone to call, you might be experiencing dental anxiety. Good news is here! Our office (in Decatur, AL) has helped countless patients feel more comfortable at the dental office, and we can help you, too!
Dr. Betts knows how prevalent dental anxiety has become. We are here to help you improve your dental health and your expectations of the dental office in Decatur, AL.
Talk to Us – The first way we can help you is by talking through your fears. Dr. Betts has been doing this for more than 25 years. He knows how much dentistry has improved over the years in ways that help alleviate fear. Talking about these changes with you might be just what you need to get past your fear. Whatever procedure you are going to have done, Dr. Betts in Decatur, AL will thoroughly explain the process. He encourages questions and will be happy to go over anything you don’t understand or are hesitant about. One thing you can be sure of: you will know exactly what is happening and why at all times during your visit with Dr. Betts.
I understand that you have a little anxiety about dental treatment. My first question would be, did you have a bad experience in the past and do you want to tell me about that? If there are certain situations that occurred in the past, perhaps we could address those so that that would not happen again. We also have some comfort measures that we can take. We have blankets if someone feels cold in our office. We have pillows. We have nitrous oxide, which relaxes you so you're not so concerned about everything that's going on. These are the kind of things that we can do for people with dental anxiety.
Patient Comfort – Your comfort is a primary concern for us. One of the ways we keep you comfortable is to provide goggles so that you will not have to worry about your eyes during your procedure. We understand that a lot people aren’t comfortable at the dentist because of anxiety, which often comes from fear of dental pain. For this reason, we are sure to listen to you before, during, and after the procedure. If you say you are feeling something that you shouldn’t be, we will do what is necessary to make sure you remain comfortable. We even offer nitrous oxide to our anxious patients to help settle their nerves. We also offer longer appointments so you don’t feel rushed, and our semi-private operatories give you the privacy that you want. Blankets and pillows are also available.
Technology – We want to make sure that you receive the highest quality of care, so we have implemented the latest in dental technology. This helps us work more quickly, efficiently, and painlessly. Our digital X-rays now give us a clearer picture of what is going on in your mouth while at the same time exposing you to less radiation than other techniques. We also use Spectra fluorescence technology, an intraoral camera, and transillumination. Each of these tools can help us detect problems early before they are costly and painful.
Safe and Sterile Office – Our commitment to helping you relieve dental anxiety and have a comfortable time at our office in Decatur, AL has also led us to take extraordinary measures to make sure that everything is completely clean and sterile at all times. We test and clean our water lines each week and use a filtered water system to keep our office safe from contaminated water. We test and verify that our autoclaves for equipment sterilization are working properly and that all of our equipment is wrapped in a special indicator strip to indicate it is sterile before use. All of this is done with you in mind.
Call Dr. Betts in Decatur, AL today at 256-274-8680 to schedule your appointment for relieving dental anxiety in Decatur, AL. You can ask us questions, schedule an appointment about dental anxiety, or leave a message using our online form as well. We will be happy to reach out to you.