At our dental office in Greenwood, we know that coming in to see us is certainly not at the top of anyone’s list of “fun things to do this summer”. Fortunately, there are many patients who have learned the benefits of coming in at least bi-annually to have their teeth examined and cleaned. Our focus today, however, is on the larger part of the population that find themselves wanting to visit the dentist but constrained by their own dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is a fear of dentists, a condition which is found in both children and adults. Statistically, anywhere between 9% and 20% of patients that visit a dentist suffer from anxiety. This anxiety has many causes, including concerns of what the dentist might find during the examination and the need for additional treatments to ensure that teeth are completely healthy.
The stress that folks feel in a dental office ranges from mild anxiety to severe panic which is probably why there are so many people that will simply avoid coming in for the treatment they need. In fact, 26% of Americans admit that they need dental care, or that getting dental treatment would help them to live a fuller life with healthier teeth and improved oral health. The same people also state that they will not visit a dentist unless it is an emergency because they are overcome by their dental fear. Knowing that there are literally millions of people who fall into this category, we are determined to become a catalyst for change right here in Greenwood. Our friendly dental office in Greenwood has come up with three simple things that you can do that will help you mitigate some of these fears. While you may never fully overcome them, our goal is to provide you with tools that can allow you to get the treatment you need with as little stress as possible.
How our dental office in Greenwood can help you to overcome some of your dental anxiety –
To overcome any anxiety, you have to first know what exactly it is that you are afraid of. Dental anxiety is no exception to that rule. For too many people, dental anxiety is an overarching fear of dentists that increases as they age. However, the reality is that there is usually something specific that you are afraid of like the needles, a fear of pain, or a fear of loss of control. When we identify what you are afraid of it becomes much easier to isolate and work with or around this fear. The second step is education. The more you understand about what we are doing, and the incredible steps we take at our dental office in Greenwood to ensure your safety and comfort, the less likely you are to have anxiety. Finally, regularity and familiarity are important. While this may seem hard to do, the best way to overcome you anxiety is to schedule a non-invasive cleaning and examination at least once every 6 months. This will allow you to become familiar with our dental office, staff, and the equipment we use, without needing any major dental work done. If you still have anxiety, we can discuss the sedation options that we offer.