A LOT OF US, despite knowing that going to the dentist is a general part of life that is a safe, normal, and an important routine, don’t find it enjoyable to have someone poking around in our mouth. There are some, however, that the idea of visiting the dentist overwhelms them with anxiety. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.
Dental Anxiety Stats
Phobia of going to the dentist is quite common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans totally avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious risk with their dental health. Delaying a simple twice-a- year cleaning because of fear can leave patients way more vulnerable to tooth decay and painful infection. It’s always better to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist
If you’re concerned about going to the dentist, that might be because history and pop culture have given you the wrong idea. Before WWII made anesthetics the norm, dental procedures were uncomfortable, to say the least, but the field has come a long way since then. Modern dental offices maintain a high standard of comfort and care for patients.
Advice For Overcoming Dental Anxiety
You can speak to your dentist or hygienist about your concerns and have them explain the procedure so you know what to expect. They are there to make your experience as comfortable and anxiety free as possible. Also some practices offer anti-anxiety medication to help decrease anxiety during your appointment. Watching tv or wearing headphones during the appointment could also be a good distraction. Bringing a friend or loved one that you trust to your appointment could also help reduce dental uneasiness and provide the comfort and reassurance you may need.
We Will Work With You!
Your care and comfort are our top priorities. If you or someone in your family struggles with dental anxiety and it’s getting in the way with needed dental care, we’d love to schedule a time for you to come to our practice so that you can get used to the facility and get to know our team. We can answer any questions you may have.
We hope to see you soon!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.