Coping with Dental Anxiety

Woman patient visiting the dentist with a smile

If you suffer from dental anxiety, visiting even the best dentist in Boston might prove difficult. Phobias and anxiety about visiting the dentist are common. An estimated 15% of the population would rather be anywhere else.

For many, the thought of a dental visit can cause sleepless nights, a sick feeling, or even tears. If you experience dental phobia, you are not alone.

Many people who suffer from dental anxiety will only go in an emergency. Even then, they put it off until the last minute. Unfortunately, this can cause your dental health to slowly affect your overall health. Those who avoid the dentist out of fear run a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.  

A Pleasant Dental Health Experience

At the Dental Partners of Boston, we strive to make every patient comfortable and ease dental anxiety. Our staff is ready to make your visit as smooth as possible. We will meet your requests as much as possible to help you have a pleasant visit. Our dentists and assistants will:

  • Address your fears, discussing what may be the causes and how we can help soothe them.
  • Keep you informed throughout your visit, letting you know what will happen before it does, including warning you of any pain or discomfort that you may experience.
  • Work with you to establish a “stop” signal (such as raising your hand, or tapping the dental chair) so that you remain in control of your care.
  • Allow you to bring a friend, listen to music, bring in comforting objects, etc., to help you feel more comfortable or distract you from the procedure.  
  • Offer sedation to help you relax.

We understand that every patient is different, and we will work with you to help you overcome your specific fears. We are here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to let us know your specific concerns, and to ask a member of our staff for help. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

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