Have you ever found yourself nervous about your dental appointment? If so, you’re not the only one. Approximately 10-15% of Americans suffer with some type of anxiety or fear towards visiting the dentist. There are many reasons why people may fear the dentist.

 Have you ever found yourself nervous about your dental appointment? If so, you’re not the only one. Approximately 10-15% of Americans suffer with some type of anxiety or fear towards visiting the dentist. There are many reasons why people may fear the dentist.

Fear of pain is the most common feeling. Other feelings are fear of injections or fear that the anesthesia will not work. Some people are terrified of needles and attempt to avoid them at all costs. While others fear they will feel the whole procedure, thus causing them to opt out of visiting the dentist altogether. Other feelings may be embarrassment or loss of control. Some feel that if you cannot physically see the procedure being done, it causes anxiety. 

 

The key to dealing with dental anxiety is to be honest with your dentist and discuss your worries with them. Your comfort is your dentist’s top priority and they are there to help you. Being open about your fears will allow them to offer options for you. They will be able to work with you to determine what will make you more comfortable. Most dentists establish some type of signal for their patients to use if any pain or discomfort occurs. Your dentist wants you to trust them, so reassuring you that you are safe and in good hands is what is important to them.  

 

If you still feel uneasy about visiting your dentist, be sure to express your worries to your dentist and his/her team. They will be more than happy to sit down and discuss any concerns you may have before any treatment begins. Need to make an appointment? Call (772)286-1606 and a member from our team will be happy to help you.