Do you or someone you know have a fear of the dentist? At Alderley Dental, we understand that visiting the dentist can be an intimidating experience for many patients. We want to help you overcome your fear and feelings of dental anxiety so that you may receive the dental care you need to have a healthy smile.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety refers to a fear of receiving dental care. A variety of factors can lead to an individual feeling anxious about visiting the dentist, and the intensity of the fear can range from mild to severe. Fear of needles, drills, sharp instruments and being confined in a chair are common experiences for those who suffer from dental anxiety. For some, just entering a dentist’s office can cause panic. A study conducted by Stanford University reported that over 40% of respondents experienced severe levels of anxiety when facing dental visits.
Common Triggers and Coping Strategies
Triggers for dental anxiety can include fear of pain, a prior bad experience at the dentist, or an inability to stay still. A few coping strategies that people with dental anxiety use are music and earplugs (to help drown out noises from dental tools), deep breathing exercises, and positive self-talk. Visualization techniques such as imagining the visit going well can also help some individuals cope better with their fear. A study in Japan reported that relaxation therapy helped reduce pre-dental visit stress levels more effectively than listening to music or reading magazines during treatment sessions.
Why There’s Nothing to Fear
Modern dentistry offers numerous treatments and procedures that are easy, non-invasive and virtually painless. Alderley Dental is committed to providing our patients with comfortable visits while delivering high-quality care based on your individual needs. Our friendly and professional staff are here to discuss all of your treatment options, answer any questions you may have and make sure your visit is as stress-free as possible.
The Importance of Addressing Dental Anxiety for Your Oral Health
Living with dental anxiety can lead to a variety of oral health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Fear of the dentist can cause patients to neglect their regular dental visits and lead to untreated dental problems that continue to worsen over time. A lack of treatment could also result in more costly dental procedures down the line.
How Can Alderley Dental Help?
At Alderley Dental, we understand that dental anxiety is real and requires special consideration when providing treatment for our patients. Our experienced team is here to help you overcome your fear by taking extra time to explain procedures, address any concerns or questions you may have during your visit, and offer comfort measures such as blankets, pillows and music to help you relax.
We understand that dental anxiety can be a barrier to receiving the care you need for a healthy smile. We’re here to reassure you that there’s nothing to fear!
If you suffer from dental anxiety, Alderley Dental is here to provide the care you need in a supportive and understanding environment. Schedule an appointment today so we can help you achieve a happy and healthy smile.