If you have a dental phobia, you are not alone; almost 15 percent of Americans have some level of fear of the dentist.
The unfortunate truth, however, is that people that give into their fears of the dentist suffer from the most oral health diseases. People that fear the dentist are more likely to have gum disease, suffer bone or tooth loss, have a less than pleasing smile and even less than optimal physical health as a result.
Handling Dental Phobia
At our office, we work closely with many patients that have had a previous fear of the dentist, making their visit as comfortable as possible while allowing us to provide the treatment that is necessary. Whether your fear is due to a poor past experience, the fear of pain, the fear of not being in control or anything else, we can work with you to overcome those fears. We never push our patients, but we do encourage them to receive proper dental cleanings and preventive care. Without proper care, dental health issues can escalate into something much worse that will render their fear even worse in the long run.
When you put off going to the dentist, you put your teeth at risk for decay, gums at risk for gum disease and your jawbone at risk for bone loss. In addition, any bacteria that resides in your mouth could be passed into your bloodstream putting you at risk for heart and lung disease.
Don't succumb to dental phobia - there are many ways that we can help you feel comfortable in the dental chair, allowing you to get the treatment that you need.