FOR PEOPLE WITH DENTAL anxiety, the prospect of an appointment with the dentist can be so intimidating that they’d rather suffer tooth pain in silence than get it treated. That’s why we’re dedicating this post to helping our patients triumph over their dentist-related fears!
Don’t Let Pop Culture Give You The Wrong Idea About Dentists
Whenever dentists appear in movies and TV shows, we tend to be portrayed in a very over-the-top way that can make us seem much scarier than we are. These fictional stereotypes are relics of the pre-World War II era, before anesthetics where the norm, but modern dental offices have high standards for the care and comfort of patients.
Don’t Be Embarrassed; Dental Anxiety Is Normal
If you’ve been struggling with a fear of the dentist, that’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Between 9 and 15 percent of Americans are so nervous about the idea of going to the dentist that they avoid it completely! But just because it isn’t uncommon doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Preventing serious dental problems through regular, twice-a-year cleaning appointments is always better than allowing those problems to develop further.
Find the cosmetic dentist or surgeon that you feel comfortable attending and talking to…But initially try to establish what is the main issue that is triggering your anxiety. This can be associated with bad experience, fear of pain or even the cost of dental treatment.
Practice relaxation and distraction techniques
Our approach to dentistry is very relaxed and informal.
We create a warm and inviting atmosphere to make your dental experience as relaxing as possible allowing the cosmetic dentist to carry out the needed treatment at ease.
We fully explain all dental procedures to you to ensure that all your needs and concerns are addressed away from the dental chair. We offer the latest in chair entertainment including relaxing music and virtual vision DVD goggles so you can enjoy your cosmetic dentistry.
For those patients who are very anxious about dental treatment we offer more conventional controlled sedation (oral & iv) to put you in a more relaxed state.
If your anxiety about the cost, we offer different payment options including pay as you go, finance options including 0% interest free and many discount offers throughout the year
Get To Know Our Team!
If you or someone you care about struggles with dental anxiety, feel free to schedule a time to come to our practice, meet our team members, and get used to the facility. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you’re with us, and we’ll answer any questions you may have!
We look forward to seeing you!
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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.