Woman in black sweatshirt with her hand by her throatMost people will feel a little nervous before oral surgery, but if you have a true fear of surgery, it’s important to take steps to overcome your anxiety. These steps may range from simple to life-changing, depending on the level and cause of your fear. But one thing everyone should do is to find a compassionate and sympathetic oral surgeon

At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists in Colleyville, TX, Dr. Chris Tye is renowned for his surgical skill, as well as his talent for making nervous patients feel at ease. These are just some of the reasons that he has been listed as one of Fort Worth Magazine’s Top Doctors. In addition to performing a wide range of surgical procedures, he will explain your treatment in detail and answer any questions you may have. 

Don’t let fear of surgery keep you from undergoing the care you need. Contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists for stress-free care. 

Afraid of surgery? You’re Not Alone! 

There’s a specific name for fear of surgery – tomophobia. Tomophobia can affect your day-to-day life and may keep you from undergoing necessary medical treatment. True tomophobia is relatively rare. However, between 60 and 9% of patients scheduled for surgery experience significant anxiety and nervousness before treatment.

Find an Understanding Doctor

If you are experiencing pre-operative anxiety, the first thing you should do is to find the right surgeon. Choose someone with clinical experience, as well as a reputation for kindness and compassion

Dr. Tye has degrees in both medicine and dentistry. Online reviews frequently speak of his concern and ability to set anxious minds at rest. He also uses the latest surgical techniques and technology, so you can rest assured that you are receiving truly top-notch care

Dr. Tye and his team understand that lack of information is a major contributor to fear of surgery. That’s why they will take all the time you need to explain your treatment in advance. At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists, no question is too small! 

Consider Sedation 

Any time you have surgery, you will be given local anesthetic. But if you have an intense fear of surgery, or if you are going to undergo a lengthier procedure, you may be a good candidate for IV sedation

With this type of sedation, your doctor will administer sedatives directly into your bloodstream. The medications will take effect almost immediately, causing you to enter a deep, sleep-like state, in which you will still be able to respond to instructions from your medical team. Your doctor can adjust the levels of medication throughout surgery, making it extremely safe. When sedation wears off, you will likely remember nothing of your procedure.

Learn Relaxation Techniques

Anxiety-reducing practices prior to your treatment can also help. These can include: 

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Listening to music
  • Aromatherapy
  • Talking to loved ones
  • Spending time outside
  • Doing something you truly love

If your fear of surgery is particularly intense, you may want to consider professional help. A therapist can assist you in unpacking the reasons for your fears, helping you to achieve a more lasting change. 

Conquer Your Fear of Surgery with Dr. Tye

Even with anxiety, you can still receive the care you need!

Contact our Fort Worth area office online or give us a call at (817) 552-3223.