Anxiety and the dentist: relax.

young girl illustrates Anxiety and dentist

Relax – Your trip to the dentist office can be anxiety free!

Relax – Your trip to Dr. Fulmer’s office can be pain-free
For many people, anxiety and the dentist go hand and hand. For some, it is just that normal discomfort that accompanies allowing someone into their “personal space.” Those are natural discomforts that most people are able to overcome in the interest of good dental health.

Some patients suffer more severe phobias and fears of visiting the dentist. Most know these fears are irrational. But they expect their dentist to understand that they are very real and they appreciate their care plan taking into account their need for reassurance and space.

It is estimated that between 9 and 20% of people avoid going to the dentist because of some kind of fear or anxiety. The National Institutes of Health estimates that means 20 million Americans avoid the comfort they could realize because of their fear of going to the dentist.

More senior patients may still experience bad memories of anxiety and the dentist, going back to the days when the equipment wasn’t so advanced and the pain of cavities, fillings and extractions was much more real than it is today. Advances in technology and medicine have made it possible for good dentists to make those visits much less painful in reality.

Dr. Fulmer has earned a well-deserved reputation for having a disarming and caring chairside manner. He listens carefully to every individual patient’s story so he can gain a solid appreciation of how to approach their case. All of the tools and medicines in the world won’t do any good if your dentist doesn’t apply them correctly. Dr. Fulmer’s patients know they can count on him to understand their needs and approach their treatment in a way that gets them to that ultimate solution, as painlessly as possible.

 “I was never a fan of the dentist and avoided it for years. My sister recommended Dr. Fulmer and I psyched myself up enough to go for a cleaning. Best decision ever! He’s so kind and caring and he really calmed my fear of the dentist. His assistant’s and secretary are awesome too! He recommended a device that helped cure jaw pain I’d been having for years. I would recommend 100%!” – Emily Paskiewicz

At Fulmer Dentistry, patients are confident that they will benefit from being cared for with the absolutely latest technology and innovations. Dr. Fulmer takes pride in staying on the cutting edge of technological advances in the field of dentistry and his continuing education assures patients he is always abreast of the best of what is available to maintain the ultimate level of patient comfort while, at the same time, successfully addressing their dental needs and challenges.

A good example of Dr. Fulmer’s ability to administer top-quality dental services in an environment conducive to the individual needs of every patient is their use of oral conscious sedation. This technique allows Dr. Fulmer to administer sedation orally rather than with a needle, which can sometimes add to the anxiety patients experience. It is just one of many methods Dr. Fulmer employs to help his patients relax during their visits.

Dr. Fulmer also prides himself in hiring professional staff who appreciate the uneasiness some people feel about visiting the dentist’s office. His staff is fully trained in reassuring his patients and his office environment is designed to be disarming and very comfortable as well.

The American Dental Society suggests that you schedule your visits to the dentist at times when you are likely to feel less pressure. For some, that could mean an appointment first thing in the morning. For others, it could call for scheduling their visit on a Saturday. The ADA also stresses that you choose your dentist with care (strong referrals from people you know are a key to finding a good dentist!); eat a high protein meal before your visit and avoid coffee or other caffeinated drinks immediately prior to your visit. Of course, good dental habits that include regular cleanings along with multiple daily brushing and flossing are also key to giving you the confidence you desire that your visit will be positive.

Dr. Fulmer prides himself in giving his patients the best dental care possible in an environment that they can be confident will be comfortable, reassuring and as minimally invasive as possible. You can be a lot less anxious about your visit to the dentist knowing that Dr. Jim Fulmer is on your side. Make an appointment today.

“Before seeing Dr. Fulmer, I had terrible anxiety about visiting a dentist. I had to force myself to get into my car and make the trip to his office in Paddock Lake. Within 5 minutes (no exaggeration) of meeting Dr. Fulmer, any anxiety I had went right out the window. It was immediately apparent that this man truly cared, and I could see that he was genuinely listening to what I was saying to him.”

“Now, after my second visit, I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that I’m in good hands with Dr. Fulmer and his team. I never thought I’d be saying these words, (EVER!), but I can’t wait until my next appointment! He’s an amazing man and it gives me such peace of mind to know that I’m under the care of somebody who is not only good at what they do, but passionate as well.”

“Thank you to everybody at Fulmer Dentistry. You’re truly changing my life.” – Cody Kaucic