Your Dentist Can Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety

If you have a phobia of the dentist or dental anxiety, you’re not alone. Thousands of us suffer from dental anxiety and worry about not only going to the dentist but actually fear the dentist themselves. It’s a serious situation that is harmful to oral and overall health.

While some people are able to cope with their dental anxiety, those who have severe phobias may be so scared they’ll do anything to avoid their dental appointments…so much to the point that ducking the dentist and avoiding their appointments almost becomes the norm.

Here’s why missing dentist appointments due to dental anxiety (or any other reason) is a problem…

  • Gum disease due to plaque buildup and tartar (which can only be removed professionally) is the number one reason for tooth loss.
  • Unchecked decay and compromised fillings (they do wear out!) can bring unnecessary pain.
  • Untreated jaw joint pain can decrease the quality of your life.
  • Tooth decay never goes away – it just gets worse, eventually resulting in tooth loss.
  • Oral health is directly linked to overall health, and can negatively affect your heart, lungs, pancreas, brain, kidneys, bones, and more!

It is our goal to work with you by…

  • acknowledging your dental anxiety
  • giving you effective coping tools
  • ensuring you get the care you need and want.

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety refers to fear or anxiousness that results due to past experiences, hearing challenging stories that other people have experienced, fear of needles, fear of doctors, the sounds of dentistry, etc. Many seemingly simple things can trigger it … knowing an appointment is upcoming, knowing your restoration needs some attention, even just driving to the dentist.

Here are some signs and symptoms of dental anxiety:

  • avoidance of necessary dental care
  • increased respiration
  • sweating
  • racing heartbeat (tachycardia) or heart palpitations
  • low blood pressure and possible fainting (syncope)
  • visible distress, crying, or signs of panic
  • use of humor or aggression to mask it.

Fear should not prevent you from keeping your teeth and gums healthy. The most important thing you can do to conquer your fear is to talk about it with us at High Point Dental. It’s our job to help you protect, restore, and maintain your overall oral health.