Dental Anxiety and Fear

Dental Anxiety and Fear

It’s easy to blame mom and dad for all our shortcomings — anxieties included. The truth is your parents’ behavior towards the dentist and a dental visit can affect your experience. The way your siblings respond might play a role in dental anxiety.

Dental fear may also stem from: Prior painful or negative experiences, feeling helpless or out of control in a dental office situation, feeling embarrassed about neglecting your teeth, and fear of being ridiculed about your teeth. Regardless what it is, every dental practice wants you to be comfortable.

The health consequences of dental anxiety are very real and can be quite serious. In fact, if you put off dental visits, your teeth and gums can become chronically infected. This can lead to the affect of your ability to chew and digest food properly, affects your speech patterns, and can lead to heart disease.

Sedation Dentistry, including oral sedation, and nitrous oxide are methods to help combat dental anxiety.