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Dental Anxiety is Real

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Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh show that “dental fear” affects up to 25% of the common population. Dental fear is often used interchangeably with the term dental anxiety. While the condition is certainly real, the consequences are unfortunately real too. Many sufferers avoid the dentist altogether, leading to oral health problems that are highly treatable and preventable.

Do you get nervous thinking about going to the dentist? It’s important to determine whether your reaction to professional dental care is something you can overcome yourself, or whether it is something you need to ask for help on. At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we are fully prepared to help patients with dental anxiety or dental fear. We realize that this condition can be minor or severe, or lie somewhere in between. Therefore, we offer nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) as well as licensed IV sedation. Here are some commonalties of patients who can benefit from sedation dentistry:

What You May Fear:

  • Needles/Pain
  • Feeling out of control (someone working over you, in your mouth)
  • Sounds (dental drill, scraping, etc)
  • Smells of the dental office
  • Choking/Gag Reflex
  • Repeat of a bad experience from past

What You May Experience if You Have Dental Anxiety:

  • Racing heart
  • Sweaty palms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other medical symptoms of panic or anxiety

What Sedation Dentistry Does

Depending on your level of anxiety and your personal preferences, Dr. Morris may recommend nitrous oxide sedation, which involves breathing a colorless gas from a mouthpiece, or IV sedation, which is best for patients with moderate to severe dental fear. In any case, your level of sedation can be titrated or adjusted at any point during the procedure. Sedation dentistry does not mean you are “put to sleep.” However, you can be put into a state of deep relaxation and comfort. While you may even communicate with the dentist during your procedure, you won’t be bothered by the work being done and you may not even remember what happened after the sedation is removed.

The most important benefit that sedation dentistry offers is that it allows anxious patients to get the dental treatments they need and deserve, whether it is a routine cleaning to protect their health or a smile makeover they have always wanted. If you have any of the above symptoms when you think about scheduling your dental appointment, ask about your options for sedation dentistry at Mitzi Morris, DMD.

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Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC – Roswell Dentist
1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 678-459-2990

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Roswell, GA 30076

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