MANY OF US, even though we know that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of life, don’t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone pokes around our teeth and gums. For some, though, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome dental fear and anxiety.
Dental Fear Stats
Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible 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 worried 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
- Talk with your dentist and/or dental hygienist about your dental fear so they can explain what the procedure really entails and you know what to expect.
- Patients often say that their fears were worse than the actual procedure. At Dentalopolis, we work hard to make our patient’s experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We help our patients know what to expect so they are less anxious.
- Wear headphones during your appointment to help block out sounds.
- Request a numbing agent.
- Everyone’s pain threshold is different. Don’t be afraid to ask for a numbing agent if you weren’t offered one or if you’re in pain.
- At Dentalopolis, we offer patients numbing gel, IV Sedation and a cool technology: Dental Vibe to minimize pain.
- Use our ceiling TVs located in our treatment rooms to watch your favorite Netflix TV during your procedure. Our treatment rooms is also equipped with a separate monitor to show you your x-rays and to help you to better understand your procedure.
- Bring someone you trust to your appointment to help provide comfort and reduce dental anxiety.
- Arrive early to your appointment. Stress management can start just by reading a magazine in the waiting room.
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 interfering with getting 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. CALL 832-510-3282 or book a visit instantly online!
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.