Dental anxiety should not be confused with dental phobia. An individual suffering from dental phobia, experiences an irrational fear that drives them to avoid dental visits. This often results in unnecessary complications and dangerous threats to oral health.
An individual that has had past issues with dental anxiety, understands the value of seeing the dentist. They simply feel increased stress, tension and anxiety during common dental procedures.
If you personally experience dental anxiety, it’s important to remember that it is a recognized psychological condition. With a few basic treatment options, these undue feelings of stress can be addressed, thus helping you to get the quality dental care that you need.
Different people might experience dental anxiety for different reasons. For some it is related to feeling a loss of control over your own body. By asking a few basic questions at the start of start of the appointment might help you feel better informed. For many people understanding the details of the procedure helps them feel empowered.
For other people dental anxiety might be related to viewing the mouth as an intimate part of the body. If you happen to feel this way, it’s important to remember that everyone at Mill Creek General Dentistry is a highly trained professional. They are passionate about providing you with the highest level of oral healthcare.
Some people are put at ease by breathing nitrous oxide. If this is an option you would like to explore, please feel free to ask you dentist or hygienist about your options.
If you have issues with dental anxiety and you would like to explore your options beforehand, please feel free to call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 to schedule your next appointment.