You may have dental anxiety and fear for a variety of reasons, but it’s possible to overcome your concerns and deal with your dental issues before they get worse – and before they get harder to deal with. Dentistry is safer, simpler and less painful than ever before, and oral conscious sedation is available so you can check out on the experience altogether in many cases. There are more options than ever before.
At Brighton Dental in San Diego, Dr. Paige Woods and our team will do whatever it takes to help you through your dental phobia and anxiety, no matter the cause.
Considering The Causes Of Dental Fear
So what are some of the causes of dental fear? The common causes include:
A concern about pain. It’s natural to fear pain, and worries about pain and discomfort are the most common reason to avoid the dentist. In most cases, this fear comes from bad experiences in the past. But remember, dentistry isn’t like it used to be. Tools are better, procedures are less painful and dentists are trained in controlling and eliminating pain whenever possible.
Fear of shots. Some people don’t like needles while others are afraid that the shots they receive won’t work to eliminate pain. You can be sure that needles are smaller than they used to be, anesthetics are quicker and more effective than in the past and recovering from them is easier and less annoying than ever.
Feelings of loss of control or helplessness. At Brighton Dental, our patients are always in control. It’s natural to feel apprehension about having someone work in your mouth, but our careful dental professionals let you take the lead, allowing you to stop a procedure when necessary and letting you decide what treatment path to follow when there are multiple options.
Personal space and embarrassment concerns. Physical closeness simply bothers some people. But our professional team respects your personal space as much as possible. And you don’t need to feel self-conscious about mouth odor or the condition of your teeth. Fixing those issues is why you’re at the dentist.
Coping With Dental Anxiety Effectively
Dealing with dental anxiety and fear starts with discussing your concerns with Dr. Woods and our dental team. Once we understand the nature of your fears, we can work with you to make sure you’re more comfortable and less anxious. A dentist should take dental anxiety seriously, and you should avoid any dentist that doesn’t.
If you fear losing control, information can help you overcome this concern. Discuss with us how your treatment will proceed so you’ll know what’s happening along the way. Let us explain each step as we take it. And you can always raise your hand if you need us to stop for you to take a breath, compose yourself or just rest a minute. We have plenty of time to treat you in a manner that makes you feel comfortable and at ease.
At Brighton Dental San Diego, we’re a gentle dental clinic with a team that’s carefully trained in easing dental fear and anxiety. Plus, we use the most modern methods to reduce pain and discomfort. And we offer oral conscious sedation when you feel you need it so you won’t experience or remember a thing.
Learn more about this topic on the Dental Anxiety and Fear page of this website.
And contact us right away to schedule your stress-free appointment. Tell us your concerns and we’ll tell you how we can ease them so you can get the treatment you need as quickly, easily and painlessly as possible. We want to put you at ease and help you get treatment so you can get on with living your best life.