Is Dental Anxiety Keeping You From Seeing Your Dentist?

Dentistry is really nothing to be afraid of these days. Dentistry has changed tremendously and it continues to make improvements in techniques, procedures, materials and equipment, making your dental experience safer, more relaxing and more effective. At Carlsbad Dental Associates, we strive to educate and inform our patients of the different dental treatments and share some tips to help them overcome dental anxiety.

There are a lot of people who are terrified and anxious of seeing the inside of a dental office, let alone getting a dental treatment. They avoid seeing a dentist and wait until they suffer from unbearable toothache or infection before getting any help. Oftentimes, they come when it is too late to save a tooth or more extensive treatments need to be done to save the tooth, costing more money in the long run.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

If you have dental anxiety, you are not alone. Research have shown that 9-20 percent of Americans have fear of the dentist. Dental anxiety is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental treatment. It prevents a lot of people from seeking preventive dental care. Dental anxiety stems from previous bad experience with a dentist, lack of control one experiences when sitting on the dental chair or low threshold for pain. Some patients get too frightened that they’ll do anything to avoid a dental appointment, even endure painful tooth infection.

Soothing Dental Office Environment

With 20 years of experience and commitment to state-of-the-art dentistry, we have created a comfortable, soothing and safe environment for our patients to help alleviate dental anxiety. Our operatories are equipped with flat screen monitors to keep you entertained and informed. Some of our treatment rooms have great view of our neighborhood, which can help ease your mind. We have soothing piped-in music to keep you calm.

Our dentists have the experience in treating patients with dental anxieties. They use simple methods of making every patient feel confident, cared for and in control by gently explaining the procedures, keeping them involved every step of the way, taking breaks during a procedure.

Being in Control

Visiting your Carlsbad dentist is not as painful as you fear it to be. Most of our patients expressed that they anticipated more discomfort and pain than they actually experienced. To help you overcome dental fear, bring someone who has no fear of dentist with you on your first visit. You can also bring your headphone and listen to your own favorite music or watch the television to distract you. You can also try some relaxation techniques like controlled deep breathing, holding it and letting it out slowly.

Another way to put your mind at ease is to discuss options for sedation dentistry with your dentist and find out which one is right for you. At Carlsbad Dental Associates, our dentists are qualified to provide sedation dentistry.

Fear No More

Carlsbad Dental Associates is committed to keeping your teeth healthy minus the anxiety with sedation dentistry. Our warm, compassionate and friendly staff have years of experience and we look forward to making your dental experience a positive one. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (760) 918-9000 today or filling out the form here »

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