Dental Phobia and Anxiety Treatment Options
Dental anxiety is not uncommon. In fact, some studies show that up to 75 percent of Americans have some dental related fear and 20 percent avoid dental care because of it. That’s roughly 30 to 40 million people. Most dental patients can handle some anxiety about visiting the dentist. However, individuals with dental anxiety or phobia become very stressed or afraid when just thinking about visiting the dentist. Luckily, there are treatment options available.
Dental Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia
There are key differences between dental anxiety and dental phobia:
- Dental anxiety: Dental anxiety is very common and there are many dental anxiety treatment options available. Typically, this term is used to describe anyone who experiences feelings of unease, fear, or stress before and during a dentist visit.
- Dental phobia: Dental phobia is less common than dental anxiety. Patients with dental phobia have a more intense experience and feel an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care altogether. There are dental phobia treatment options available to help you feel more comfortable.
Get the Help You Need!
If you’re someone who has dental anxiety or dental phobia, we’re here to help! No matter how high your anxiety or fear, we’ll ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible—especially your first visit.
Popular dental phobia and anxiety treatment options include:
- Communication: Telling us what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Sometimes, just getting information directly from a professional can help ease your fears. Throughout your entire procedure, we’ll inform you of exactly what we’re going to, why we’re doing it, and what you can expect to feel.
- Calming techniques: Instead of focusing on the dental procedure, try finding distractions in the room or focusing on your heart rate or breathing.
- Listening to music: Most dental offices allow you to listen to music or use headphones throughout your procedure. This is a great way to pass the time and keep you distracted.
- Oral sedation: For more serious dental procedures, various types of sedation may be available, including oral sedation.
- Taking breaks: Don’t be afraid to ask for a short break during your treatment. Just signal with your left hand and we’ll stop working. You can then take the time you need to relax and get comfortable before continuing.
Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting dental care! Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction can help you get the care you need while keeping you calm and comfortable throughout your visit. Contact us today to make an appointment. Don’t forget to visit our dental cost page to view our prices.