Tips on taking control of dental phobia

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”bounce”]Avoiding dental visits can become a vicious cycle. You feel embarrassed by the condition of your teeth and gums, so you don’t go to see a dentist. But the longer you wait, the worse your oral health becomes, and the more reluctant you are to make an appointment. For some people, the fear is intense enough to be termed dental phobia.

It’s possible that the fear started with a lecture or judgmental remark from a dentist at some earlier point in life. The thought of a repeat performance is then, for a patient with dental phobia, too much to bear. This style of communication dates from an era gone by and is, at most dental practices, long extinct. The vast majority of dentists and their staff members today recognize the value of a positive, nonthreatening environment in attracting and retaining patients. They’re working for you, and they know that negative comments are a quick way to ensure that your next appointment – if there is one – is with another practice.

It’s common for patients who haven’t been to the dentist in years or decades to fear that the dentist has never seen a patient with such a long lapse in care, or one with teeth and gums in such a poor state. This concern is, however, misplaced. While you may feel alone in your aversion to professional oral care, it’s actually a common situation. You may not hear about it, since people do not typically stand around the water cooler broadcasting that they’ve avoided the dentist for 10 years or more. But the average dentist encounters such patients frequently. As for any dental problems you may have, rest assured that your dentist has seen them before. Dentists are focused on one thing: Getting your teeth and gums into the best shape possible. That means eliminating any pain you’re experiencing, maximizing function and achieving a good cosmetic result. Dentists choose their profession because they enjoy helping people, and no condition you might have will phase your dentist.

Is it possible, even today, that you’ll encounter a dentist who will make you feel bad? Unfortunately, there are still a few dental professionals who practice the old methods of communication. They may feel that chastising you is a way to help, or they may simply be insensitive. In the unlikely event that you ever encounter such a dentist, vote with your feet. Build a trusting relationship with a dentist who understands that browbeating you will not help you achieve optimal oral health.

Too many people let decay, problematic fillings, pain and other dental issues go on for too long because they dread going to the dentist. As a result, they may avoid smiling and may not be able to eat certain foods. Depression often takes hold. But it’s crucial to understand that dentists spend every working day fixing the same kinds of problems you have, and they are not shocked by them. Your dentist will be happy to help you correct old tooth and gum issues and prevent future ones. Don’t let fear of embarrassment stand in the way of achieving the good dental health you deserve.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Beat your dental anxiety and ensure perfect oral health

Dental anxiety is common. Millions of people fear visiting a dentist. Dental phobia is actually very common, so if you also suffer from dental phobia, then certainly you are not alone. People suffering from dental phobia miss their dental appointments. Though, this phobia in itself is quite harmless but the problem with this is that without regular dental care the problem with your teeth will not become more severe. Usually, this fear starts in childhood, often due to a bad experience with a dentist. Say, you have been accidentally hurt by a dentist when you were very young or due to a visit to a dentist who has no knowledge or experience about treating kids.

Remember, the phobia is in your emotional and mental states and it can affect your health as well as looks.

Here we are listing, what you can do to lessen or overcome your fear of a dentist.

Look for dentist who specializes in treating people with dental anxiety. Such dentists usually treat their patients from a psychological point of view. In addition, several dentists use drugs to reduce anxiety. This works wonderfully for patients who can’t seem to get over their anxiety. Dentists use a variety of drugs and sedatives. You can easily get sedated before your dental procedure. Dentists usually give a mild sedative, in an IV or by breathing. The sedatives will assist you relax while allowing you to be awake during the procedure.

Moreover, if you want then dentist can customize the sedation according to your needs. Dentist can also give you a sedation that will make you fall asleep during the procedure. Sedation dentistry actually works miraculously for individuals who fear the dentist or suffer from dental anxiety. Talk to your dentist about your fears, there is nothing to be ashamed of, because you are not alone; there are millions of people who have the fear of the dentist.

Also, when looking for a dentist, make sure you find someone who is experienced, skilled and trustworthy. By knowing more about their patients and reading their reviews you can know what type of services you can expect from them. Also, try to find a dental clinic that provides comprehensive services, so, you don’t have to search for a different dentist for different oral and dental problems.

Smiles Dental Group specializes in sedation dentistry as well as treating patients with dental anxiety. With years of experience and a team of qualified dentists, we know exactly how to treat our patient to ensure his comfort as well as proper oral health. Feel, free to drop us a line to schedule an appointment.