Dental Anxiety or Dental Phobia – We are here to help
Did you know that dental anxiety and dental phobia is not the same thing? Dental anxiety is where a patient has uneasiness about their dental appointments. Dental phobia, on the other hand, is an intense fear or dread of the dentist. If you suffer from either of these conditions we can help you become more at ease, or dare I say comfortable, when visiting the dentist.
There are a few different reasons behind having a fear of the dentist. One of which is a bad experience in the past. Many elderly patients have shared their stories with me and I am horrified when I hear them recount their experiences. No wonder people have a fear, anxiety or phobia of the dentist. Can you imagine having a doctor put his knee on your chest while he pulls your tooth? I thought those were old wives tales growing up but apparently these events took place on many occasions. Imagine being a young child and going to the dentist to have a cavity filled. Of course you would be nervous not knowing what is about to happen but then imagine if the doctor doesn’t numb you. Now you are scared, you are in pain and the doctor ignores your pleas to stop. I too would have an anxiety if not a phobia of the dentist if I went through those events.
Luckily for me, I didn’t have a horrible experience as a child and therefore do not suffer from dental anxiety. But I feel for our patients that do suffer and that is why we make every effort we can to take extra special care of you and put you at ease the best we can. That is why it is so important for patients to let us know if they have a fear of the dentist. Those of us in the dental field don’t judge you for your fear, we just want to help you get over it or at least work through it. We understand the fear is real to you.
The biggest problem with dental phobia is that it keeps you (the patient) away from the dentist. If a person doesn’t go to the dentist for regular cleanings and check ups and worse doesn’t have good home hygiene care, they end up of having decay, periodontal disease, broken or loose teeth, etc. These problems can cause severe pain for a patient and if you have dental phobia it will escalate the situation for you. That is why we try to ease our patients into routine cleanings and exams with the doctor. Give us a chance to get to know you while you get to know us. Let us take good care of you and help ease your pain and fear of the dentist.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia and haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, please give us a call at 727-799-0650. Allow us to take good care of you and reduce, or even eliminate, your fear of the dentist.