Many Causes Of Dental Anxiety

added on: June 28, 2012

Our practice sees many patients who were once afraid of going to the dentist. We are proud that we’ve been able to help so many overcome these fears and now enjoy a healthy, attractive smile. Most no longer require any sedation or relaxation medications.

We also understand that not all those who experience fear or anxiety associated with dental visits are the same. While many had traumatic dental experiences in the past, others experience anxiety for different reasons, including:

Fear of perceived pain – Some people merely anticipate pain from hearing tales from others about unpleasant or painful dental procedures.

Feeling helpless or having no control – For some, to sit in a dental chair with an open mouth and not see what’s being done is a frightening situation.

Embarrassment or self-consciousness – Certain adults are uneasy with the physical closeness of a dentist or hygienist that’s required for treatment. This may have to do with the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors, fearing they’ll be judged.

Fear of injections or inadequate numbing – Having a tremendous dread of needles, especially in one’s mouth, is another cause for dental anxiety. Some adults also fear the dentist will begin treatment before the numbing meds have taken effect or that the amount of numbing won’t be sufficient.

Fear of side effects – Although no one likes the numbness of a “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics, some may also have dizziness, feel faint or even be nauseous.

What works for each patient is based upon their specific situation. This is why we begin by sitting together in a comfy Consultation Room. We discuss their unique needs and how we can move at a pace that feels good for them.

Patients relax when they realize there will be no discomfort and they are in control of how we proceed, whether before treatment or during a procedure. Many opt to include Oral Sedation with their treatment in the beginning. Yet, after that visit, they no longer feel sedation is necessary.

Trust is what it’s all about. When patients feel they can trust you to make sure they are comfortable and ‘cared for’ rather than just being treated, all the fears and anxiety often disappear.

If you, or someone you know, has dental fear or anxiety, call Toll Free 1-855-9-Smiles to request a free Consultation. It’s the first step toward a healthy, confident smile!

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