We totally understand. Some people have pretty bad anxiety and stress when it comes to going to the dentist. We don’t take this lightly at all, and we aren’t offended by it. We know that for some, this anxiety can reach the point of phobia, and coming in to see the dentist can be a hard thing to do. Even though most dental procedures aren’t painful it still is very unnerving being at the dentist, which can cause a lot of stress.
For the majority of people who have anxiety about going to the dentist, that stress can be managed. But, for those people who have a dental phobia, the thought of a dental visit can be very scary and stressful. For these cases, people will often try to avoid going to the dentist at all. A phobia is intense, irrational fear. We understand some life with dental phobia, but we also know how important going to the dentist is to avoid big dental issues that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
We Can Help with Severe Dental Anxiety
At Dental Partners of Boston, we do our best to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly. We also provide options for our patients who have severe anxiety and phobias surrounding going to the dentist. In fact, dental anxiety is fairly common. It is estimated that around 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s about 40 million people!
We also recognize that anxiety and phobia are different. A dental phobia is a more severe condition that can cause people to feel terrified. Those individuals with a dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and other dental problems. Avoiding the dentist can also lead to emotional problems as discolored or uneven teeth can leave people feeling self-conscious about their smiles. This can cause people to want to hide their teeth and even hurt their personal and professional lives. Luckily, dental phobia can be treated.
Causes of Dental Anxiety and Phobia
There are a variety of reasons for these phobias. But for many people, it is the fear of pain that is the cause. Some people had bad experiences in the past before modern updates in dentistry made going to the dentist easier and more comfortable.
Luckily, at Dental Partners of Boston, we stay up to date on new methods to make patients comfortable and make dental procedures efficient.
Dental Health Is Connected to Overall Health.
It is also true that individuals with dental phobia are likely to suffer from poorer health overall. Poor oral health has been linked to many life-threatening conditions including heart disease and lung infections. For these reasons and more, we must stress how important it is to regularly see a dentist. Going for regular visits can make the whole process easier. Also, keeping up with consistent dental visits means easier, less uncomfortable visits. If you wait longer between going to the dentist, cleanings will be more difficult.
We Have Sedation Dentistry Options.
We offer sedation dentistry options at our offices. These options are helpful for patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety or have a dental phobia. We will also work with you to make sure you have enough pain medication and anesthesia if you are particularly tense or anxious at your appointment.
We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options including nitrous oxide(laughing gas) as well as sedation dentistry administered through pills.
Schedule an Appointment
If you deal with severe dental anxiety or dental phobia, please call us or schedule an appointment online. We are happy to talk with you about how we can help address these issues and mitigate your anxiety. We can give you more information about our sedation dentistry options and which one might work best for you. Good dental hygiene is important to overall health, both physical and mental. Let us help you receive great dental health care and put you at ease.