Solutions for Overcoming Dental Fear
Dental anxiety is not uncommon, in fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have a fear of dental work, we want you to know that making you feel comfortable and safe is our first priority.
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 often takes the form of a general sense of worry and apprehension when thinking about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients feeling an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care all together.
We Can Help!
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, we are committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick, and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.
Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:
Informing us as to what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by giving you correct or updated information. Dr. Dina always keeps you informed before, during, and after a procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
- Listening to music:
You are welcome to bring any type of personal headphones to listen to music or books on tape while undergoing care. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time.
- Oral Sedation:
Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you.
Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care!