A Personal Message from Dr. Christine Bergman
Are you embarrassed about going to the dentist?
Read here about why you shouldn’t be!
“I feel guilty, ashamed, and scared of the lecture because my teeth are possibly the worst that my dentist in Lincoln, NE has ever seen. I am worried that the dentist will humiliate me, berate me, or even judge me.”
– Anonymous South Lincoln Family Dentistry Patient
Are you embarrassed about going to the dentist?
You are not alone. Embarrassment is one of the most common dental phobia concerns voiced by those who have not been to the dentist for a long time. And sometimes, it is a concern expressed even by those who have recently been to the dentist. The good news is, you have absolutely no reason to be embarrassed.
Learn more about how our dentists can help those with dental anxiety.
A Message From Your Gentle Dentist…
My name is Dr. Christine Bergman, your dentist in Lincoln, NE. At the office, I see a variety of teeth that are in various states. Part of my job as your Lincoln, NE dentist is never to judge! It makes me sad that so many people avoid the dentist because they’re ashamed about their mouth and teeth condition. My job is to help fix the problem at hand. Another part of my job is to help you feel better, not only about your teeth but about yourself.
If you are not getting a check-up because of your teeth because you are embarrassed, it can tend to be a bit of a vicious cycle. Unfortunately, this might make you miserable. Likely, the condition of your teeth will worsen. In the end, this will lead to infections, which might make the embarrassment even worse. Also, there can be adverse effects on your overall health.
After working in the dental field, nothing fazes me. Some teeth may look worse than they are, and the problems can typically be fixed in a short period. No matter the condition of your teeth, it’s my job to advise and help you. I do not want to make you feel embarrassed or judge you about your teeth.
What You Can Expect…
Rest assured, my office is non-judgmental. You can come here without the fear of any embarrassment. I am a caring, gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE. If you have a phobia of coming to the dental office, I am the right choice. I try to make patients who have dental phobia feel at ease. Compassion is what patients often need to help them feel more at ease about themselves. Some dentists like to lecture their patient’s, which, in turn, makes patients feel embarrassed. This type of attitude is far from being caring and compassionate.
I value open communication and believe that I am a judgment-free dentist.
I strive to make every dental appointment positive, no matter the time between appointments or condition of your teeth.
After gathering the courage to come in, we’ll welcome you with kindness. You will finally be able to get the treatment you want, deserve, and need. When arriving, you’ll be able to feel proud of yourself. You’ve overcome a challenge that, to you, once seemed impossible.
How do I find a dentist near me for anxious patients or sedation dentistry near me?
If you’re embarrassed or have dental phobia, know that we are here for you. I look forward to seeing you at South Lincoln Family Dentistry. If this location is a bit too far from your home, and you’re still looking for “sedation dentistry near me in Lincoln, NE,” or a “dentist near me in Lincoln, NE,” or” all of my partners at Nebraska Family Dentistry have the same approach. We all help patients in a gentle, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner. Over the years, we’ve developed a strategy on how to help patients overcome dental anxiety. So, if you are looking for a “dentist near me in Lincoln, NE,” and my location is a bit too far, don’t hesitate to schedule with another dentist from our group of gentle dentists at Nebraska Family Dentistry.
Please read about how myself or any of my partners can help you overcome your dental anxiety here:
Fear of needles and embarrassment are the main fears patients experience. Our approach to administering a local anesthetic can help you overcome that fear if you experience a fear of needles. Search for “sedation dentistry in Lincoln, NE” or “sedation dentistry near me” to find out more about how I can help you in this blog at Nebraska Family Dentistry:
Often I tell patients that even though I am a judgment-free dentist in Lincoln, NE who has helped many patients with dental anxiety, that sometimes it’s better to use conscious sedation to ensure a positive dental experience. Using conscious oral sedation can be extremely helpful for new patients while gaining trust and confidence in their new dentist. Many patients use conscious oral sedation to complete their treatment. Typically, once they become established patients, they do not require any sedation. Oral sedation is a helpful tool to help overcome the initial dental anxiety associated with a fear of the unknown. Read more about conscious oral sedation from one of our sister locations Northeast Lincoln Family Dentistry: Different Types of Sedation Dentistry.
With conscious oral sedation, I often get many questions about oral sedation and the medications used. Here are some CAQs that we have answered.
What can I expect with conscious oral sedation?
Conscious sedation is a medication that works to help reduce anxiety when receiving any dental treatment. With oral sedation, it is a tablet that is generally taken about one hour before your appointment. Patients do remain responsive and awake, but they are in a more relaxed state. It is important to note that any individuals who do take conscious oral sedation will need another person to drive them to and from their appointment.
What does “oral sedation dentistry near me” cost?
Oral sedation medication, and the cost is entirely dependent upon the individual’s prescription drug coverage. If you have questions regarding coverage of any oral sedation medication, it is good to contact your prescription drug coverage carrier to determine if there is coverage available for your sedation medication.
What are the kinds of drugs used for oral sedation?
Most commonly, Triazolam is the medication prescribed for conscious oral sedation. An individual’s medical history will first be reviewed to determine if they are a candidate for oral conscious sedation.
Can I be sedated for dental work?
Yes! Being sedated for dental work is a great way to ensure you stay as comfortable as possible while receiving the dental treatment you need. Do know that you must discuss sedation dentistry with your dentist prior to having any dental work completed, so that they can thoroughly review your medical history to make sure you can safely tolerate sedation dentistry.
What do dentists use for sedation?
Dentists generally have four types of sedation to choose from, which include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, IV sedation (conscious sedation), and general anesthesia.
Our Lincoln dentists use oral sedation, which includes medication from a drug class known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines include Diazepam, Midazolam, Triazolam, and Lorazepam to name a few. Typically, we have found Triazolam to be effect when using oral sedation, so that patients can remain comfortable while receiving necessary dental treatment.
Can you ask a dentist to sedate you?
Feel free to openly discuss sedation dentistry with your dentist in Lincoln, NE. Before any of our Lincoln dentists offer sedation, however, they must first make sure you are a good candidate.
Sedation dentistry for someone who has underlying health conditions could potentially be very dangerous. Our dentist near me in Lincoln, NE and her team, will do everything they can to ensure your comfort.
Learn more about sedation dentistry from our dentist in Lincoln, NE.
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The information on this page was written by Dr. Christine Bergman.
This gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE says: “I am extremely privileged to be part of this amazing profession. I find there is nothing that is more rewarding than helping my patients learn how to care for their smiles in addition to becoming healthier overall. I feel patients deserve personalized dental care. Therefore, quality dental care is my number one goal. While providing top-notch dental care for you, I want your dental experience to be positive and comfortable.”
You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist, or her partners, online 24/7 at a South Lincoln Family Dentistry location near you. This “dentist near me” serves the local communities close to Lincoln. Some of the communities include Roca, Bennet, Firth, Crete, and Hickman!
- Lincoln Family Dentistry – Central Lincoln
- South Lincoln Family Dentistry – South Lincoln
- Northeast Lincoln Family Dentistry – Northeast Lincoln
- Preserve Family Dentistry – East Lincoln
- Coddington Dental – West Lincoln
- NorthStar Dental – North Lincoln
- SouthPointe Dental – Southwest Lincoln
- Emergency Dentist NE – Emergency Dental Care
- Lincoln Dental Plans – Affordable Dental Options
Nebraska Family Dentistry has Lincoln Dental clinics in all parts of Lincoln. Choose a “near me dentist” location that is convenient for you.