Before every dental appointment, I get a migraine headache. I know this is anxiety, but I can’t stop myself from getting headaches. Of course, I can’t drive myself to the dentist either when I have a migraine. This has been going on for 2 years, during which I have only seen a dentist once. Last week, I saw a dentist for an urgent appointment because my denture broke. The dentist warned me to fix it promptly to avoid an emergency. My anxiety level is over the top, and I cannot think clearly enough to know if I can trust this dentist for a new implant denture or if I need to look elsewhere. Where do I start? Thank you. Aaron from Chicago
Aaron – We suggest that you find a dentist who caters to anxious patients. Find two or three dentists with whom you can schedule a consultation. But ensure the dentists are also skilled with dental implants.
Schedule the consultations without mentioning the kind of dental treatment you need. Explain your anxiety and listen to and watch how each dentist responds to determine which one might be best for your needs.
Ask each dentist what they do to help patients relax. If sedation dentistry is available, find out what levels of sedation the dentists offer and what you can expect from each level. If oral conscious sedation is an option, you will be able to take a small amount of anti-anxiety medication before your appointment.
Tell the dentist about your migraines. Depending on the sedation type, you may need to arrange transportation to and from your appointments. And when you receive implant dentures, you can expect to be sedated for the surgery.
There are ways to help you maintain good oral health and to get the dental care you need. Finding the right dentist to meet your needs will get you back on track.
Steven Brooksher, DDS, is a cosmetic and Fellow of implant dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA. Read about his credentials and visit his smile gallery. It will help you determine what to look for in a dentist in your area.