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Afraid of going to the dentist?

A dental phobia- a fear of going to the dentist- can stem from many things, such as the sound of the equipment, the sight of the dental chair, and especially the anticipation of the treatment. Whatever the reason for dental anxiety, this fear causes many Americans to delay dental care for longer than is healthy- or indefinitely. Though increasingly common in our society today, dental anxiety can be successfully managed so patients can get the care they need, before avoiding it passes the point of no return and results in serious health issues.

What leads a someone to develop dental anxiety?

9 times out of 10, a previous negative experience at the dentist has resulted in a lifelong negative association, which can and frequently does results in persistent fear that complicates treatment. The anticipation of the visit is usually the most anxiety-inducing part of the fear, but even arriving at the dentist and seeing lots of unfamiliar tools, sounds and smells in the dentist office can make some feel some extreme apprehension. Technically, it’s called dentophobia or odontophobia, and unfortunately, many patients don’t have to have any particular dental trauma in your past to currently experience it.

How Can You Tell if You Have Dental Anxiety?

Signs of dental anxiety can include:

How to Overcome Your Fear

Just know that if you feel anxiety over going to the dentist, you’re not the only one. Experiences at the dentist have been unpleasant in the past for many people, whether due to lack of technology or an uncaring dental staff. If this sounds like an experience you’ve had, there are ways to manage that fear and make your future visits and caring for your oral health a lot more comfortable and stress-free.

At Chapel Hill Family Dentistry in Douglasville, our doctor Ty James, is experienced with patients who have anxiety over dental treatment. We know that many patients don’t like to undergo treatment, so it’s our job to make the process as smooth, comfortable and quick as possible.

It’s also important to note that technology has come a long way- making dentistry more sophisticated and comfortable, both for the patient and the dentist. Chances are, what you experienced at your last visit is nothing like the relaxing, simple treatments of modern dentistry today. Many dentists are also educated on how to mitigate patient anxiety in dental school and continuing education, so they equip their offices with special features like TVs in each exam room, iPods and more to relax patients during treatment. Some dentists even opt for warm blankets and soothing sounds to create a spa effect- and what’s more relaxing than a spa?

If you have anxiety, just let us know before your appointment, and we’ll prepare some extra comforts to keep you relaxed and de-stressed during your appointment, as well as give you some tips for how to minimize anxiety beforehand.

Contact us now to set up your next patient, or just to talk to one of our professional, caring staff about any questions you might have about treatment. We’re here to help! Call Chapel Hill Family Dentistry in Douglasville today at 770-920-0112!

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