Overcoming Dental Fear and Anxiety
What Causes Dental Anxiety?
Dental fear may stem from a number of things, but it should never stop your journey to better health. What factors could contribute to excessive anxiety?
- An overly sensitive gag reflex.
- Fear of needles, drilling, or pain involved in some procedures.
- Previous bad dental experiences.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Feelings of helplessness and loss of control.
- A physical disorder that makes sitting difficult.
- The necessity of complex, or even multiple dental procedures.
Many with dental anxiety simply try this approach: “I’ll just keep brushing my teeth, and never go to the dentist again.”
Unfortunately, this not-so-foolproof plan isn’t a good idea. Avoiding proper dental treatment will likely cause damage to your overall oral health. Dental phobias should never dictate the health and condition of your teeth..
Say Goodbye to Dental Anxiety Forever
Does ‘no longer’ fearing the dentist seem like a far-fetched fantasy to you? It shouldn’t! Many patients have overcome their fears by simply asking for help and using sedation dentistry.
If you’re constantly dreading your dental visit, ask your dental team if sedation dentistry may be a helpful option for you!
Have you ever experienced dental anxiety? What has helped you in the past? Please let us know in the comments below!
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.