Dental Anxiety: Causes and Solutions
A lot of people dread going to the dentist’s office. More often than not, the level of anxiety felt by patients is really high that it causes them to miss necessary appointments and treatments. This only results to making a problem worse than it should have been.
Here are some common causes of dental anxiety and some solutions, too:
- You had a bad experience at a dentist’s office before.
This is probably the most common reason for dental anxiety, and it’s unfortunate that so many people have experienced bad sessions before. Yours may have happened when you were younger. You probably worried for days about a tooth extraction. It could be the sound of a drill and metals clanking that scared you. Others complain of staff that had been anything but reassuring.
- You have heard terrible stories about some dental procedures.
For some reason, there are people who like to mislead others into believing something that is actually untrue. Unfortunately, there are parents or guardians who sometimes use the dental office as the setting for their scary stories when they’re trying to discipline little kids. This has a really negative effect, and it may cause a long term fear.
- You haven’t been to the dentist for so long that you fear you would have to get a major procedure done to correct whatever dental problem you might have.
It is understandable that you worry about something you don’t know. You probably also fear that your dentist would give you a lecture about how you should regularly visit your dentist for exams and cleaning sessions. While that is right, you have to know that at Pickering Square Dental, our main goal is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We also treat our patients politely and with respect.
In most cases, you can overcome your dental anxiety by trying to relax yourself and putting on a brave face. It helps if you have a dentist you can trust and the dental office you’ll visit is also comfortable and relaxing, like Pickering Square Dental. You can talk to your dentist to know about procedures and ways you can minimize pain during and after, if that’s what you are worried about.
It is also possible that anxiety is so high that there is an actual need for sedation dentistry. Pickering Square Dental has a variety of techniques that can put you at ease. You can give us a call to know what technique is appropriate for your case. We look forward to hearing from you!
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