Many people have a genuine fear of the dentist and dental work. This is a reality evident in the number of patients who walk into our clinic on a regular basis. These patients have often neglected dental work for many years or are hesitant about treatment despite the pain they feel. We believe that with advancements in techniques and technologies today, dental fear should be a thing of the past. Learning about its origins and laying out the solutions to help address it are the first steps to getting over the problem.
Where Does Dental Fear Come From?
Legitimate dental fears have varying reasons. For many, it stems from traumatic experiences with previous dentists that caused intolerable pain during treatment or embarrassment about a particular situation. For some, it comes from vivid memories of pain from the old-school brute force type of dentistry.
It may sound odd, but family and friends are also major sources of dental fear. You may not realize it, but family and friends with traumatic experiences who reinforce the pain and difficulties of dental treatment contribute to the stigma. Add to this how various media channels portray dentists and dental visits and you’ve got the perfect recipe for unnecessary fear of the dentist and treatment.
Addressing These Fears
Fear of the dentist and dental visits is something you need to address right away. Prolonging these feelings can be debilitating because it stops you from getting the treatment you need. Conquering your fear and getting the necessary dental treatment starts with one call. At our clinic, we encourage patients to talk to us; letting us know how you feel is the first step to getting over your fears. We will make every effort to make sure you’re comfortable to get started on the path to getting over any anxiety and apprehension you may be feeling.
We also understand that some cases of dental phobia are severe and this is why we offer sedation dentistry. Undergoing this procedure is one of the best ways to cope with severe fear. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get the dental treatment you need. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve a brighter and healthier smile without the fears associated with treatment.