Dental Care Without Fear

Thursday, May 16th, 2013, 8:21 pm

Many people experience fear or anxiety about dental visits. It is estimated that between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid needed dental care because of anxiety or fear. Some patients even experience dental phobia, a more serious condition than dental anxiety.Wilbanks Smile Center offers sedation dentistry for patients with dental fears.

Fortunately there are options for patients who suffer from these fears to get the dental care they need. Sedation dentistry lets dentists provide care for fearful patients while the patient rests quietly.

The reasons people develop dental fears include:

  • Hearing dental “horror stories” told by others, especially as a child. Studies have shown that fathers may be factors in passing along dental fear.
  • Fear of injections or pain. Many people are afraid of needles – this is quite common. The good news is that injections today are usually close to painless.
  • Feeling helpless and the loss of control. Since you can’t see what is going on inside your mouth this can cause anxiety for some people.
  • A previous bad experience with a dentist can cause dental anxiety over future visits.

Coping with dental anxiety involves a group approach. Your dentist and the entire office staff should be experienced working with patients who experience dental fear – a calm, peaceful office environment and supportive, patient staff can help you remain calm.

Sedation dentistry offers many options for treating patients with dental fear. Patients with extreme dental phobia may feel more comfortable being treated with deep sedation which allows needed treatment while the patient is in a semi-unconscious state. Patients with lower levels of anxiety may find relief with lighter forms of sedation.

Most patients with dental fears wait until they are in severe pain before seeking dental care. This does not have to be! Please contact Toccoa, GA sedation dentist Wilbanks Smile Center today to discuss your sedation dentistry needs and to schedule your appointment. Contact us at 706-886-9439.

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