What do clowns, spiders, monsters, and the dentist have in common?
They scare the living daylights out of many people; how many people? Over 75% of adults report some form of dental anxiety, and up to 10% suffer from full-blown phobias.
The causes for anxiety differ, but the escape is all the same: not scheduling that much-needed appointment. Avoiding clowns and monsters is fine, as they can’t offer services that could save you from tooth loss, gum disease, and potentially life-threatening heart diseases – but your dentist can, and that’s why it’s important to find a solution to your dental anxieties and make sure you’re keeping your smile as healthy as the rest of you.
Some causes for dental anxiety include:
- Fear from a past experience
- Fear of a painful procedure
- Fear of the medical bill
The solution to all of the above is simple: Talk to your dentist. There are ways around each and every one of these that will allow you to ensure your dental health is taken care of and you are not at risk for unnecessary health complications!
If you had a painful experience in the past: Talk to your dentist! There are many ways to work around the issue – either by an alternate procedure, or perhaps a discussion about sedation dentistry to calm your nerves. If you tell your dentist the problem, they can work to find a solution that works for you.
If you are afraid of a painful procedure: Talk to your dentist! Again, there may be a less-painful procedure as an alternative. Or perhaps it’s not as painful as you originally feared. In many cases sedation dentistry is a fantastic option that either takes the edge off your nerves, or anesthetizes you entirely. What’s better than waking up with a shiny new smile and no fuss for you?
If you’re afraid of the potential bill: Talk to your dentist! You never have to be handed a bill you didn’t expect. First, get an estimate on the necessary procedures. Then talk! There are many options for those strapped for cash, including payment plans or various subsidies. But your dentist cannot help you answer a question that you didn’t ask! Remember as well, your health is an investment. You can pay to prevent or pay to correct, and the latter can be extraordinarily higher than the former; nothing can replace regular appointments and consistent care.
Remember, 75% of adults admit to some form of dental anxiety – your dentist has heard it before and will be happy to work with you to ensure you walk out with a smile that you’re both proud of.
By the way, fear of the dentist? That’s called odontophobia, and it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. Talk to your dentist and save your phobias for spiders and clowns.
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