DENTAL ANXIETY IS NOT UNCOMMON
Anxiety because of the dentist, well don’t be afraid! 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 at our office is our first priority. Dental anxiety can be more scary than the dentists itself.
Dental Anxiety and Dental Health
The survey results showed a strong correlation between dental anxiety and three indicators of oral health. People with dental anxiety were more likely to have more cavities, have more missing teeth, and have a lower quality of life
DENTAL ANXIETY VS. DENTAL PHOBIA
Anxiety and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Some 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.
Anxiety because of the dentist, well don’t be afraid!
How Dental Anxiety Leads to Poor Oral Health
Dental anxiety can actually have a two-fold impact on people’s oral health. The most obvious impact is that it keeps people from going to the dentist. When people are anxious about dental visits, they don’t get the preventive care they need to avoid cavities and tooth loss. Because they’re not getting regular dental checkups, they’re more likely to develop cavities and more likely to have those cavities develop into tooth-threatening conditions.
WE CAN HELP!
Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is 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. We will always keep you informed before, during and after your procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
- Calming Techniques:
Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
- Listening to Music:
With most procedures, the use of personal headphones and music is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
- Taking Breaks:
Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling to us.
After Effects of Anxiety
Even once they make it to a dentist, dental anxiety influences treatment choices. People with anxiety aren’t necessarily going to pick the best dental treatment for them. They’re more likely to pick the dental treatment that gets them out of the office faster with fewer follow-up treatments. This means that they’re more likely, for example, to choose to extract a tooth than try to save it. This can explain why, for example, they’re more likely to have missing teeth, but not more likely to have the leading cause of missing teeth, gum disease. Do you have anxiety because of the dentist? Well, fear no more.
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