How Can I Talk to My Dentist About My Dental Anxiety?

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Many people have fear or dental anxiety when they walk into a dental office. At The Foleck Center in Hampton, VA, we listen to our patients, and make sure to understand their past dental experiences and feelings before they visit our office. We want our patients to feel comfortable, relaxed, and stress free.

The Foleck Center is the leading dentist in Coliseum Central, VA, and we are dedicated to providing quality and affordable dental care to patients and families in the area. We welcome patients with dental anxiety in Hampton VA, to contact our office, and find out how we can make your visit enjoyable.

What Can We Do To Help?

  • We encourage all of our patients to set up a meeting to discuss their fears or concerns before their first visit to our office. This helps us get to know you and welcome you to our dental family. Our staff will make sure you feel comfortable knowing you are in good hands. We provide you with all of the pertinent information, so you know what to expect every step of the way.
  • During your appointment we offer relaxing music to help distract you from your dental procedure. Hand signals are commonly used to communicate during your appointment. This just helps us know you are doing well. Our patients are our priority, and if you need a break during a procedure, our staff will make sure to work with you, and give you the time you need.
  • Communication is key to a successful appointment. We talk to our patients so they know what we are doing throughout each step of the procedure. This helps the patient understand what we are doing, and makes them feel at ease. Speaking during the procedure helps patients to mentally prepare for what is next.
  • Oral anxiety medications may be recommended to our patients to help them relax during their procedure. These medications are short acting, and can be taken an hour or so before you enter our office.
  • We offer sedation dentistry to help patients fall asleep during your appointment. This helps if you are undergoing a complicated procedure, and ensures the procedure is a success. We safely monitor our patients under sedation at all times during your appointment.

Interested in Finding Out More About Dental Fillings in Downtown Hampton?

If you are interested in finding a dentist near you, The Foleck Center is here to help. We specialize in treating patients of all ages, and are trained to work with patients that suffer from dental anxiety or fear. Our doctors have years of experience in all aspects of dentistry, and use state of the art technology at all of our locations. Come experience quality dental care at The Foleck Center!

Our Coliseum Central dental office in Hampton, VA is located near The Peninsula Town Center which makes us a convenient option for patients in the area. We also offer a membership program that gives patients another payment option for services. Ask one of our team members for more information!

To schedule your appointment with us, please contact the Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

How Do I Help with Tooth Pain?

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If you think you may have a dental emergency it is important to know what to do to ensure your issue is addressed as soon as possible. Our office provides same day or next day appointments to accommodate our patients that need immediate treatment.
One of the most common dental emergencies that patients experience is tooth pain. There are tips you can try at home if the tooth pain does not go away while you wait for an appointment in our office. Pain is a way of our body sending a message that something is wrong. Typically, if patients experience pain this means there is a problem that must be addressed.

There are many causes for tooth pain such as tooth decay, issues with a filling, tooth fracture, or infection. If you have any of the below signs you may have an infection, and you must be seen right away.

• Fever
• Swollen or red gums
• Blood or pus around tooth
• Throbbing pain that does not go away
• Swollen or tender face or jaw

What Can I Do at Home to Relieve Tooth Pain?

There are remedies patients can use at home to help treat tooth pain while they wait to be seen in our office. These remedies can help reduce pain and keep you comfortable.

• Take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.
• Use a pain relief gel on the area.
• Apply a cold compress covered with a cloth to the area to help reduce inflammation for 20 minutes each time.
• If you have a hot compress this can also be used on the area to help relieve pain.
• Peppermint tea bags can be used on the area and are known to help ease oral pain.
• Clove oil can be used on the area and is known to help reduce inflammation or numb oral pain.

Looking to Make an Appointment to Address Tooth Pain?

If you have tooth pain that does not go away we recommend making an appointment to be seen in our office. Our staff will provide a thorough exam to help identify the cause and address your tooth pain. X-rays may be taken to get a closer look at the issue. We will recommend treatment options, and always address serious issues immediately.

Patients can prevent tooth pain by practicing good oral hygiene habits at home. Brushing and flossing each day is important as well as eating a healthy diet, and avoiding high sugar foods or drinks. We also recommend to avoid hard food items that may cause a crack or injury to your teeth. Regular dental cleanings and exams in our office can help keep your mouth and teeth feeling great.

If you have tooth pain and would like to make an appointment, please call our office and our staff will make sure you are seen as soon as possible!