Most people would agree that going to the dentist isn’t very high on their list of favorite activities; it definitely falls under the category of necessity, not recreation. The fact is, regular dental visits are beneficial for our health. But if you suffer from dental anxiety, taking care of your teeth can turn from a chore to terrifying. The good news is, you can take control and Dr. Low can help!
Understanding dental anxiety
Dental anxiety is caused by numerous reasons and each patients’ anxiety level, and the cause may be different. It’s normal to feel a little uneasy about a dental visit, but anxiety or phobia goes beyond discomfort. A phobia can be described as intense, unreasonable fear. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone!
An estimated 9%-15% of Americans experience anxiety strong enough that it keeps them from going to the dentist for care. While that percentage may not sound like much, those numbers add up to 30-40 million people! Dental phobia and anxiety affect the oral and overall health of millions of people.
Dental anxiety is a sense of uneasiness about upcoming appointments, dental phobia, however, goes beyond uneasiness. If you find yourself experiencing intense fear or dread about dental treatment, you may be suffering from dental phobia. How can you overcome your fears?
Working together to overcome anxiety
At Above and Beyond Dentistry, we understand the difference between dental phobia and anxiety. Dr. Low and our staff work to create an environment that can help you move past your fears!
One way we can help you take control of your anxiety or phobia is sedation dentistry. Oral sedation is a small, effective, tranquilizer taken before your visit to help you relax. You’re able to push past your fear and enjoy quality care! If you’d prefer to sleep through your visit, we can work with an oral surgeon to provide IV sedation and help you sleep through your treatment!
We also work hard to create an environment that puts you at ease and helps you feel in control of your care. Our staff wants you to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment you walk through the door. Dr. Low has found that the best way to reduce feelings of helplessness and loss of personal space is to keep you informed. We treat you like family and keep you involved in every step of the treatment process.
It’s time to move past anxiety!
Working together with Dr. Low, you can overcome your anxiety and reduce your phobia of dental work. You can have healthy, strong teeth and a good routine of dental care without anxiety or fear! Schedule a consultation to learn more about our treatment options. Call Above and Beyond Dentistry today!