Just talking about going to the dentist can make people anxious. But some people are so terrified, they’re unable to even enter a dental office.
Dental anxiety and dental phobia are completely different. Anxiety is a sense of uneasiness with exaggerated worry. Most people can manage their dental anxiety. But those with dental phobia are absolutely, completely terrified about going to the dentist. It’s been estimated that 9% to15% of Americans avoid the dentist because of their fear. That’s about 30-40 million people.
Those who avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety and phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. They’re often embarrassed that their smile may be unattractive due to black, decayed teeth, missing teeth, and red, swollen, bleeding gums. This can cause their professional and personal lives to suffer.
Call and visit some dental offices to find the right one for YOU!
- Ask for recommendations from friends
- Do they sound warm and friendly when you call?
- Is the reception area comfortable? Are you greeted warmly?
- Be honest with the dental team about your anxiety and ask what they can do to help you. They may prescribe anti-anxiety medication prior to and even during your appointment.
- Do they have headphones so you can listen to music and block out dental noises?
For compassionate dental care, contact the team at Legacy Smiles of Southern Arizona at 520-625-0131.