If you have an anxiety about going to the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of people have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist. Dental anxiety or dental phobia can leave you panic stricken and terrified about upcoming appointments or cause you to stay away from the dentist, only going when forced to do so by extreme pain.
There are many reasons why some people have dental anxiety and phobia. Some of the common reasons include:
Fear Of Pain – Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This usually stems from an early childhood experience that was unpleasant or painful. Thankfully there have been many advances in dentistry over the years that make most of today’s dental procedures considerably less painful or even pain free.
Fear Of The Unknown – It is always a good idea to talk to your dentist about your concerns. Once we know about your anxiety, we will be sure to answer all of your questions and explain your dental treatment so you know what to expect beforehand.
Fear Of Dental Equipment – Some dental tools such as hand pieces and burs can look pretty intimidating and scary. Nobody likes the idea of any pointy metal objects going into their mouth. You should never be embarrassed about asking your dentist what the tools are used for.
Gag Reflex – If you have a gag reflex it is best to focus on breathing through your nose to avoid that suffocating sensation. Nasal strips and nasal decongestants can help keep the airway open, making it easy for you to breathe freely.
Fear of Loud Noises – A great solution to drown out the noise are using earplugs, or putting in your ear buds and listening to your favorite music on your iPod.
Do not let dental anxiety keep you from having a beautiful and healthy smile. Call our office today, let us know you are anxious about scheduling your dental appointment and our stall will work with you to help ease your fear and anxiety.
Have questions? Call us today at 203-612-5870.