It is not uncommon for patients to dread an upcoming dental visit, but many also feel notable anxiety or fear about seeing the dentist. Unfortunately, professional dental care is non-negotiable if you want to retain a healthy and lasting smile. That’s why it is important to recognize the source of your anxiety and let a dentist create a comfortable and relaxed experience for you. Modern dentistry offers a number of techniques to help patients feel at ease while in the dental chair, including sedation dentistry, less invasive treatments, advanced technology and comfort amenities that make you feel like you are at home instead of a sterile, uptight dental office.
Dental anxiety affects many patients, both young and old. This type of anxiety can range in severity from sweaty palms in the waiting room to a racing heart and paralyzing fear of sitting in the dental chair. In many cases, it can be helpful to determine the culprit to your dental anxiety. Here are several common reasons why going to the dentist stirs up anxiety and fear:
- Fear of needles or pain
- Fear of not feeling in control
- Negative experience at the dentist as a child
- Fear of losing personal space
- Severe gag reflex
- Embarrassed by health or condition of teeth
- Aversion to sights, sounds and smells of dental office (dental drill, latex, etc.)
Find a Dentist Who Understands
If you suffer from dental anxiety and it is keeping you from getting the care your teeth need and deserve, seek a dentist who specializes in comfort dentistry. At Park South Dentistry, we make it a priority to ease patient fears. We want them to discover that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or stressful. In fact, many of our patients enjoy their visit with us. Beyond sedation dentistry to help you relax, we also have a compassionate dental team to help you feel confident and calm about your treatments, which includes addressing any concerns you may have and keeping you informed at every step. Call our Central Park office today. We welcome fearful or anxiety-ridden patients of all ages!