Georgia Dentist for Patients with Anxiety
Dr. Kurtzman is the premier Georgia dentist for patients with anxiety. Approximately 50 percent of the population has some level of fear about going to the dentist. For approximately 9-15% of the population, the fear is strong enough to prevent them from seeking dental care, even in if they are experiencing dental or mouth pain, tooth decay or even tooth loss. Years of avoiding dental care due to fear can lead to more serious dental problems that require longer appointments. This leads greater fear and more avoidance of the dentist. It is a vicious cycle!
Negative past experiences with the dentist as well as anxiety disorders can result in a debilitating fear of the dentist. Many patients who fear the dentist have been told to “suck it up” or “be an adult” by those who do not have these fears and do not understand them. This can cause patients to feel embarrassed and ashamed.
In the cases where the front teeth are affected by lack of dental treatment, there is the added embarrassment of an unattractive smile. Years of fear, embarrassment and shame can negatively affect a person’s self esteem and confidence.
Gentle Dental Care for Patients Afraid of the Dentist
Dr. Kurtzman and the staff at David Kurtzman, DDS provide outsanding Atlanta dental care for patients afraid of the dentist. We help patients with mild to moderate anxiety about going to the dentist break this cycle of fear and shame. We do this by first and foremost providing a safe, compassionate and soothing environment for patients to receive dental care.
Dr. Kurtzman can treat most patients with mild anxiety in his office using a local anesthetic, such as Novocaine, to eliminate pain and sometimes a little bit of Nitrous Oxide Gas “laughing gas” to reduce their anxiety. Patients with moderate anxiety typically need more than just a mild anti-anxiety agent to undergo dental procedures in a dental office. Their anxiety causes enough stress on their system that it can actually be dangerous. In order to treat these patients in his office, Dr. Kurtzman administers oral sedation containing stronger anti-anxiety agents and closely monitors the patients during their procedures.
Dr. Kurtzman personally makes sure that patients who suffer from mild or moderate anxiety are completely at ease before, during and after any dental procedure. Dr. Kurtzman and his staff strive to create a great experience for each patient that will forever change the way they feel about visiting the dentist.
If you or someone you know is in need of dental treatment but suffers from fear and/or anxiety about going to the dentist, please contact our Georiga Dentists for Patients with Anxiety at David Kurtzman, DDS today to get more information regarding sedation dentistry. We look forward to hearing from you.