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Hamilton Family Dentistry
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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 641-0432

How To Overcome Dental Anxiety

October 5th, 2021

Does your anxiety kick in every time you schedule a dental visit? With over 60% of adults experiencing dental anxiety, you are not alone. Our team at Hamilton Family Dentistry wants to help you overcome your fears and stay peaceful throughout your visit with us. There are some common triggers for many patients who are struggling with dental anxiety. Identifying the root of your dental anxiety can help you move past it.

Possible Triggers of Dental Anxiety

·       Cost—Especially since many health plans provide little to no dental coverage, many patients can be crippled by anxiety thinking about the cost of their oral care. Restorative dentistry is far more expensive than preventative care. Going for routine cleanings and practicing good oral health habits at home will greatly diminish the chance of costly care. If you do need some sort of restorative care already, we will share all the options to remedy the problem, so we can find the right choice to fit your needs and budget. Your smile is worth the investment, so never delay your appointment because you are afraid of the expense.

·       Pain—Fear of pain can be a strong reason patients choose to put off appointments. Delaying appointments could lead to undiscovered dental problems, which turn into more painful problems. Going to the dentist should not be an uncomfortable experience. We provide sedation dentistry to help ensure your visit is pain-free and relaxing. Depending on your needs, you could benefit from using nitrous oxide or oral sedation during your dental procedure or cleaning.

·       Past Experiences—If you have had a bad experience at the dentist, tell us all about it. We are here to listen to you and offer compassionate support. Our team wants to help you overcome your past trauma and transform the dentist office into somewhere you feel genuinely cared for.

·       Self-Conscious—If your smile embarrasses you, Hamilton Family Dentistry is exactly where you should be right now. We have truly seen it all, so we will not be off-put by the condition of your oral health. Our team just wants to help you improve your health and achieve the smile you deserve in a reassuring and compassionate environment.

·       Helplessness—Feeling out of control can be a triggering experience. If you become overwhelmed during your dental visits, just let our staff know. We can always give you a break if you need it. Since your comfort is our first concern, we are glad to move slowly if that helps put your mind at rest.

Dental anxiety is nothing to feel ashamed about. We want to help you maximize your comfort and overcome your dental fears. Schedule your visit at Hamilton Family Dentistry and let us start changing the way you feel about dentistry!

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits are the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.

  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.

  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t hesitate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.

  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.

  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.

  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:

    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.

  • How often should I visit your office?
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    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits are the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.

  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.

  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t hesitate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.

  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.

  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.

  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:

    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.

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