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Dental anxiety makes many people despise the dental office and everything associated with it. In fact, people are so nervous about their dental appointments that they just avoid them altogether and deal with the excruciating pain they experience. If you have dental anxiety in Lafayette, Louisiana, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. There are things you can do to overcome the uneasiness you feel when you have dental appointments, and those things are:

Talk to the Dentist

Tell Dr. Brock Barras how you feel. This will let him know that you require special treatment and it will help him best determine how to address and manage your fears. Talking to your dentist will also give you some control, which will help you feel a little more relaxed.

Bring Music

Music can calm many people, so we recommend bringing an iPod or CD player with you when you come in for an appointment. Bring some music you’ve never heard before so you will focus more on the music rather than on the treatment. Whatever music you bring, make sure it’s relaxing and comforting.

Discuss Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is a tool that helps many people relax during their dental appointments. We offer sedatives like nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. If you are interested in this benefit, please speak to your dentist about your options.

Determine a “stop” signal

If you and your dentist determine a stop signal, you will have the control you need during your dental appointment. The signal can be something as simple as raising your hand, blinking three times, or making a coughing sound. Every time you display this signal, your dentist will know to stop.

If you would like additional tips on how to overcome your dental anxiety, please call 337-235-3395 now and talk to Dr. Brock Barras. In fact, our entire team at Barras Family Dentistry will be happy to help you if you just call our office. We look forward to hearing from you!