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Dental anxiety is common
Some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience dental related fear, and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have dental anxiety, we want you to know that we prioritize your comfort and safety.
Dental anxiety vs. dental phobia
Dental anxieties and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Dental anxiety may be mild to moderate, and it often includes a general sense of worry and apprehension about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients feeling an overwhelming fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care altogether.
We can help!
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our practice is committed to making your visit as comfortable, quick, and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.
Popular methods for easing dental anxiety include:
- Communication: Informing us of your fears is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by providing correct or updated information. We will always keep you informed before, during, and after your procedure, allowing you to understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
- Calming techniques: Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
- Listening to music: Most procedures allow the use of personal headphones and music. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
- Sedation: Depending on the nature of your procedure, oral sedation or nitrous oxide may be an option for you.
- Taking breaks: Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.
Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care!