Do you have a fear of the dentist? Its ok, you’re not alone. Approximately 10-20% of American’s avoid going to the dentist because of fear. When it comes to oral health, your teeth are in need of daily care. However, bi-annual appointments with your dentist is highly recommended. Unfortunately, many have a deep seeded fear that holds them back.
Dental phobia is a little more serious than anxiety, causing panic and irrational terror. Most individuals are aware that their fear is irrational. Sadly, even with that knowledge they are unable to do much about it. And will do just about everything to avoid the dentist.
Signs you might have dental anxiety:
- Trouble sleeping the night before your appointment
- Nervousness that escalates while waiting for your exam at the dental office
- Over emotional or feeling physically ill when thinking about your dental visit
Thankfully there are a few things that can be done to help overcome dental anxiety and dental phobia.
- The key is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once we know what your fears are we are able to work with you to determine the best way to make you comfortable during your appointment.
- Knowing what is happening at every stage of your dental procedure. We will happily show with mirrors and discuss what we are doing to your teeth while we are doing it.
- Hand signals to communicate. This allows you to tell us if you are uncomfortable or you feel that you need to take a break.
- Listening to music. As most of you know, Dr. Bosworth loves to listen to country. However, we encourage you to bring your iPod, MP3 player to help.
Good communication is a must when combating dental anxiety and dental phobia. When you feel informed and in control, you can relax and know your teeth are in good hands. Click to read about your customer’s experiences to see what they have to say.