Conquering Your Dental Fear & Anxiety

July 15, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Even though it’s often the topic of a lot of jokes, dental fear and anxiety are no laughing matter. Laughing gas, among other things, can help, but people often don’t get to the point where they can use it to combat their negative emotions. There’s a whole spectrum of dental phobias from slight anxiety and hesitation to visibly terrified to complete avoidance.

The Problem

The biggest problem with dental fear and anxiety is it often prevents people from getting the care they need, which results in their problem(s) worsening.

They don’t want to go to the dentist because they’re afraid of any number of possibilities, and if they don’t, the problem only worsens except now they’re in a worse position so they have more fear/anxiety. It’s a malicious cycle.

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Dental anxiety is more common than most people realize. Approximately 25% of American adults and children suffer from some form of dental fear or dental phobia. If you have dental anxiety or dental phobia, you have many helpful options. By talking with your dentist and looking into sedation dentistry, you can feel more comfortable and relaxed during your next dental visit.

If you feel apprehensive about going to the dentist, simply let your dentist know your feelings. Dental anxiety and phobias have harmful consequences, though each occurs differently. Anxiety is milder and causes general uneasiness, while phobia describes an intense fear or dread. 

If you think you suffer from either, you should talk to your dentist. Dentists deal with fearful patients every day and they want to help you overcome your fear. Communicating with your dentist will lead to more trust and comfort.

Sedation Dentistry

Dentists sometimes administer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, to help soothe stressed-out patients. Many patients find that nitrous oxide keeps them relaxed and calm throughout the procedure. However, increased adrenaline in some patients may combat the novocain and make this less effective.

If you’ve been putting off years of dental work because of anxiety or fear, you may need to find a specially trained and certified sedation dentist. Sedation dentistry involves taking a small pill before beginning a procedure — and it is a simple, safe process that keeps you awake throughout the operation, without having any memory of the dental treatments performed. 

You will also be able to have longer, more frequent, and more complex dental procedures without the usual discomfort. Simply by taking a pill, you can have a comfortable, positive dental experience and catch up on years of dental work in one or two visits.

If you are still unsure about any/all of these options, we encourage you to talk with our dentist so you can get the answers to any questions you may still have and see what is best for you to feel the most comfortable during your appointment. 

Schedule an Appointment

If you want to learn more about how we can work with you to overcome your dental fear and anxiety then please call (586) 992-9222 to schedule an appointment in Shelby Charter Township, MI with one of our two dentists. We aim to create an ideal environment and experience for all our patients.

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