Treating Patients with Dental Fears and Phobias

Dealing with anxiety and phobias at the dentist

Dental phobias range from mild anxiety all the way to overwhelmingly debilitating. The answer to this for many is to avoid visiting the dentist, even for routine cleanings. However, this can have very serious consequences on your health.

Some people develop a dental phobia after a particularly traumatic childhood dental procedures, others are bothered by the sounds, or the confined space due to PTSD. For others a sensory disorder causes severe anxiety when people are close, or touching their mouths. In fact, there are numerous reasons a person may want to avoid a dentist. We understand, and we can help ease your dental fears and anxiety.

The most effective way to mitigate dental phobias is to visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings every 6 months. Beyond replacing good experiences for bad ones, this will help to avoid major dental problems—and more potentially traumatic dental procedures.

Sometimes, that’s not easy for everyone. If you, or a loved one, are nervous about visiting the dentist for any reason, please inform our staff ahead of time as to the severity of the condition. We can discuss options such as sedation dentistry(which can range to a mild medication that causes relaxation, to complete sedation). Our professional dental team is well-trained and very respectful of the various reaction’s patients can have to dental treatments, and we’ll work with you to ensure your experience with us is as pleasant as possible.

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