Learn Why People Are Afraid of the Dentist And What We Can Do About It!
Many people don’t enjoy going to the dentist, mostly because they fear pain and worry they will experience some during their treatment. That’s a shame because a healthy smile doesn’t just benefit your appearance, chewing, and speaking ability, but boosts your overall health as well. People with poor oral health often struggle with other health issues like heart disease or diabetes. Skipping your routine dental cleanings and checkups is one of the worst things you can do because you miss out on keeping your teeth and gums in their best shape and detect problems early when they are easiest and least invasive to treat.
Today we’re going to look at some of the most common reasons people avoid seeing the dentist and what we can do about it.
-Not feeling in control: Most people don’t like being out of their element when it comes to someone having control over them. If at any time something makes you uncomfortable, just signal us by raising your hand and we can pause the treatment for a moment until you are ready again.
-Hearing uncomfortable sounds: Many dental practices still use a drill, and it can be a scary sound, being loud and high pitched. Fortunately, technology has given us quieter tools and sedation options so you can feel relaxed chairside.
-Past dental trauma: Many patients have had a bad dental experience in their past, especially as a child. But today’s dental sedation options and tools keep you feeling comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.
-Having your teeth scraped during a past dental cleaning: Having a metal instrument scrape your teeth can feel and sound awful. Today we have better tools and with the right sedation options, you won’t notice unpleasant sounds or feelings.
-Getting an anesthetic injection: Dental anxiety can arise from the fear of the injection coming, accidentally being hurt by the needle, having numb lips and gums, feeling like you can’t breathe, and even fearing potential side effects. We use evolved dental tools and techniques so you can rest assured we will make the injection as pain-free as possible!
-Having one or more teeth extracted: This is a common treatment and with sedation options and modern tools you won’t feel a thing!
-Being embarrassed by the state of your teeth and gums: Having someone peer into your mouth is pretty personal, but don’t worry, no matter what shape your teeth and gums are in, we have seen worse. And if you’ve been lax in your daily oral hygiene routine, getting a cleaning is the best thing you can do for your smile (along with trying harder to brush and floss daily!).
-Worrying about having a panic attack: Our sedation methods can help you feel so calm, relaxed, and comfortable that you won’t worry about panicking in the chair.
-Fear of gagging: Having a dental impression made can feel like you are gagging or choking. We can help make sure that doesn’t happen and with mild sedation, you won’t feel tense and vulnerable.
Don’t Delay, Call Today!
As you can see, there are multiple reasons why people fear the dentist, but we assure you we can give your smile the attention and care it needs to thrive, all while you are comfortable during your time with us. Our caring dental team has helped many people in the Romeoville, Naperville, and Montgomery, Il areas, and, just like you, they have had a positive dental experience when they come in! In fact, having just one experience like this can make you excited about getting further needed dental care. And that’s our goal, to help you create the healthy beautiful smile you deserve and feel great! So don’t delay, call and schedule your next appointment with Valley View Dental today!