Studies suggest that between 5% - 10% of Americans suffer from dental phobia. This causes some people to never visit their dentist at all. Of course, this is really unhealthy for your smile.
You need to see your dentist at least once a year, although it's recommended that you see them once every three to four months. Unfortunately, there are many dental fears that could stand in your way, but there are also a lot of ways you can overcome those as well.
Overcoming Your Dental Fears
Although modern dentistry is largely a pain-free experience, some people are still afraid of the pain. Negative media and social media don't help with this.
Even if you've had a negative experience in the past, you should know that you can overcome this by getting treatment sooner than later so that you don't develop a major issue with your teeth.
Other people are afraid of the unknown and not being in control. These are things that you should talk to your dentist about. They will also tell you about any tools they're going to use, especially those that make loud noises - other things that cause people to be fearful of seeing their dentist.
Two of the other most common fears associated with the dentist, including being in a confined space and gagging due to smelling something bad. Meditation can actually prove helpful in helping you relax enough to receive the treatment you need.
If you're someone who's suffering from dental phobia, we invite you to speak to us about your concerns. A comfortable dental experience depends on good communication and collaboration with us.
We have some advanced techniques and technologies that we can use to help put your anxiety at bay, so you can have a great dental experience.
Call us today (503) 765-7300
Nicholas Dose, DMD 601 1st Street Suite A Lake Oswego, OR 97034-2370