Springfield, MO Dental Practice Helps Patients' With Dental Anxieties 

Barnett-Davis Dental Group is a Springfield, MO dental clinic that has spent decades helping people who are anxious, fearful or even paralyzed at the thought of dental care overcome those feelings and develop new coping mechanisms.

by Barnett Davis Tuesday, December 27, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI - Many people feel nervous or worried at the thought of a dental appointment. The dentists at Barnett-Davis Dental Group, a cosmetic and family dentistry practice, understand that and have spent decades helping people overcome their dental anxieties and phobia.

"We work with patients every day that have dental fears, and we can help them overcome those feelings and learn healthy coping mechanisms instead of avoiding the dental office," said Dr. Kelly Barnett. "In fact, we have many patients who started out here with dental phobia and now they enjoy coming to the dentist."

Diagnostic tools and treatment options for dental problems are getting more sophisticated and comfortable all the time. There are also dental professionals and practices that are sensitive to these special needs."

Barnett works with Dr. Marc Barnett, Dr. Tracy Davis and their highly trained dental team to help erase dental anxiety and phobia one patient at a time.

"We understand that patients may be apprehensive or even frightened about coming to the dentist. We see that every day," said a dentures dentist Dr. Davis. "We really take time to listen to concerns, explain procedures, answer questions and make a plan with them to cope with their fears."

Patients will notice that the Springfield MO dental clinic has been designed with relaxation in mind, starting with the waiting area. There are soothing sounds of a waterfall, the subtle aroma of scented candles and soft chairs in the waiting room. Comfort is just as important in the treatment area too with each room stocked with comfortable chairs, cozy blankets, soft headrest pillows, nitrous oxide relaxing air and satellite-fed stereo headphones.

"The most important advice in dealing with a dental phobia is to let the dentists know about the apprehensive or scared feelings and if they know, the cause of the feelings," Davis said.

The most common fear is the loss of control many patients experience when in the dental chair. Maybe the anxiety stems from a prior experience where a dentist did not stop the procedure or examination in spite of the patient being in distress or requesting they stop. Some patients who were physically, emotionally or sexually abused in the past discover that being in the dental chair reminds them of these experiences. Others just have a general preference for being in control of situations.

"No matter what the reason might be, if you are that patient that dreads or completely avoids the dentist, the dental team at Barnett-Davis Dental is the one for you," said Marc Barnett. "Dental anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed about or the reason to avoid seeing a dentist."

Dental fears vary from individual to individual. Some patients may have a sense of uneasiness about their appointments or have exaggerated worries and unfounded fears. While others with the more severe dental phobia experience intense fear and dread about the lack of control that results in person feeling terrified, panic stricken or paralyzed, explains Davis.

To diminish anxious feelings, Barnett, Barnett and Davis give their patients the following advice:

• Communicate with the dentist about fearful, tense or anxious feelings. Barnett-Davis Dental customizes the treatment plan and pace to suit the special needs of the patient.
• Their office offers patients the option of nitrous oxide for dental appointments and relaxing prescription medications to take before dental procedures.
• A prearranged signal between the patient and dental staff can be used to stop the procedure immediately if the patient is experiencing discomfort or the need for a break. Marc Barnett emphasizes that the patient is always in control of the appointment at their dental practice.
• Schedule appointments on days and times when least likely to feel rushed or physically strained.
• Get a good night's rest before an appointment. The day of the appointment, dress in soft, comfortable clothing and eat small, light meals.
• Select a soothing scene beforehand to visualize during the visit.

"Remember, we really do care and want your visits with us to be pleasant and comfortable," said Kelly Barnett. "We want to help you create new coping mechanisms and overcome your dental anxieties and phobia because neglecting restorative or preventative dentistry procedures only makes them worse or causes larger health problems."

She recommends patients visit the American Dental Association website and Simple Steps To Better Dental Health website to get a deeper understanding of dental fears and tips about how to relax before and during dental treatment.

"You don't have to let those fears hold you back any longer. Please call the office today, and let us get started on finding a solution to your dental anxieties," said Davis.

Learn More
To learn more about Barnett-Davis Dental Group, call (417) 581-3600 or visit our blog: (http://www.barnettdavisdental.com/blog/).

About the Drs. Barnett and Dr. Davis
Located in the Springfield, MO area, Drs. Marc and Kelly Barnett and Dr. Tracy Davis practice a full range of cosmetic and general dentistry.

The Barnetts began practicing dentistry in the Ozarks in 1984. Kelly graduated from the University of Kansas, and Marc graduated from William Jewell College. For dental school, they both graduated in the top 10 percent of their class from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Dr. Tracy Davis also graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. She associated with Drs. Barnett in 2004 and became a full partner in the practice in 2007.

All doctors at Barnett-Davis Dental have been ranked as "Top Dentists" by the local 417 Magazine and "Best of the Ozarks" by the Springfield News-Leader newspaper since 2007.

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