Dental Anxiety and Dental Fear in Delray Beach, FL
There are many Americans (close to 20%) that have some form of dental anxiety. For these people, the fear of going to the dentist far outweighs the importance of maintaining good oral health. No matter what you do or say, dental anxiety and fear (Dentophobia) rears its ugly head and keeps certain people from getting the proper dental care they deserve.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety (or dental fear) is the fear of dentistry, or visiting the dentist. Most dental anxiety stems from a bad previous experience while having a dental procedure, whether it was routine or not. If at any point someone has felt pain or major discomfort while visiting their dentist, then you can expect that dental anxiety will set in and stay with you until you have a great dental experience. Studies have shown that dental anxiety may set in because of fear of losing control, embarrassment (personal space issues or neglectful oral maintenance), or fear of pain.
What are the causes of Dental Anxiety?
The causes of dental anxiety can be anything from a traumatic childhood experience with a dentist, to an overall fear of needles. Some other causes of dental anxiety may be:
- Prior experience with pain at the dentist as an adult or child
- Feeling of helplessness
- Fear of losing financial control
- Past history of abuse
- Fear of the dentist by observational learning from parents or siblings
- Ineffective anxiety relief from anxiety medication
How can I overcome Dental Anxiety?
There are many ways you can overcome dental anxiety and fear. Some effective ways to do this are as follows:
- Make sure you choose the right dental team. Do your research to make sure they have the proper state-of-the-art equipment that is designed to make you feel comfortable, as well as a team of doctors, hygienists and assistants that know how to educate you and make you feel relaxed and comfortable during your visit.
- Join a peer group to share your thoughts with those who have dental anxiety and fear like you do. It’s always good to be among others who share your same fears.
- Your dentist should educate you thoroughly and give you realistic expectations. That doesn’t mean that you can’t educate yourself, too. Do your research and learn exactly what to expect at your next visit.
- Find a dentist who specializes in treating those with dental anxiety. Our doctors and staff are well equipped to help you through your anxiety.
- Avoid sugar and/or caffeine before your dental visit. These may be factors that will contribute to your anxiety and sense of nervousness.
- Take advantage of our comfort menu. We have many items that will distract you from concentrating on your anxiety.
- Ask your dentist about sedation and if it is the right choice for you.
Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile. Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of “twilight” dental conscious sedation can be utilized, such as oral sedatives, nitrous oxide and laughing gas.
We offer a few options when it comes to helping our patients deal with dental anxiety.
Our commitment to you
If you have dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist, please feel free to come visit our office to get to know our staff and doctors, then take a tour to see how warm and inviting the atmosphere actually is. We give you our word that we do everything we can to make sure every single patient is treated with respect and made to feel comfortable at all times.
Call us today at 561-404-4078 to schedule your visit to our office. You can also visit our contact page to request an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!