Dental Anxiety and Fears

fear2If you have experienced any of the following issues, you may be among the 30 to 40 million Americans who have dental phobia:

  • Crying or feeling physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist
  • Trouble sleeping the night before a dental appointment
  • Feelings of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office waiting room
  • Intense uneasiness, or suddenly feeling like you can’t breathe, at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment

More serious than anxiety, dental phobia can leave you panic-stricken and doing anything possible to avoid going to the dentist—even if you are aware that your fear is totally irrational.

Unfortunately, the health consequences of dental anxiety are very real and can even result in lower life expectancy. Without regular dental visits, your teeth are more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Your oral health becomes compromised which can lead to some life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and lung infections. In addition, discolored or damaged teeth that are left untreated can lead to loss of self-esteem, affecting your personal and professional life.

Regardless of the cause of your dental fears, don’t be embarrassed by them. More importantly, don’t let them stop you from getting the oral care you need to ensure your overall well-being.

Please let the staff at Angell’s Dentistry know if you suffer from dental phobia. We will work with you to determine ways to make you more comfortable. Fortunately, most of today’s dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free; and we can offer you sedation dentistry to help you relax. Also, we will explain what’s happening at every stage of your procedure so you’ll know what’s coming.

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