Finding your Smile - Dental Anxiety

 Northshore, Chattanooga - Street Art

Northshore, Chattanooga - Street Art

About a year ago my daughter hit the age where Disney became a part of her vocabulary. As a secret lover of all things animated I was excited for my daughter to experience the joy these movies had brought me over the years. As any overly eager parent does, I turned that next Friday into an event which included takeout, popcorn and the disney classic, “The Little Mermaid”. We made it approximately 10 seconds into the feature film before my daughter burst into tears and expressed her fear of both the castle and fireworks on the Disney logo.  Peppa the Pig it was that night.

My daughter has since overcome her fear of the castle and cannot get enough of Disney movies. At the same time this episode helped highlight how experiences viewed as mundane by one individual can be completely debilitating to another. I see it every day in the patients I treat. Some find their visits as routine as taking a shower while others are overcome with fear. For the latter we want to be my daughter's version of “Peppa the Pig”. A non-intimidating experience that brings joy, usually in the form of a healthy mouth rather than an animated film. Though our staff has been known to tell some entertaining stories.  

For those with moderate to severe dental anxiety we utilize a number of tools to assist in making your visit a positive one. Anything for basic, yet extremely effective, tools such as weighted blankets to more advanced sedation techniques involving nitrous oxide. Call or schedule an appointment today to get the mouth you always dreamed of having.