If you suffer from dental anxiety, you're not alone.
A large percentage of individuals in the United States suffers from dental anxiety, and many people experience it so severely that they actually have what’s known as “dental phobia.” Sound familiar? It’s okay—you’re in a no-judgment zone.
Overall, there are two main reasons people put off going to the dentist: cost and fear. It’s not unusual for a patient to admit they haven’t been to the dentist in a very long time. With that in mind, the collective experience of our dental team totals more than 100 years, and Dr. Marisa Patt fully understands the need to provide care with a compassionate approach and a focus on making treatment as comfortable as possible. When it comes to dental care, the best course of action is to let us take a look and resolve the small issues before they become bigger problems.
Common Causes of Dental Anxiety
Fears and anxieties associated with dental treatment can have a variety of causes. Some of the most common include:
- General nervousness or fear relating to needles, injections drills, and other types of dental instruments/materials
- Teeth and gums that are particularly sensitive
- Unease with the general sounds, tastes, and smells connected to a dental office
- Overactive/severe gag reflex
- A previous traumatic experience at a dental office
While dental anxiety is perfectly understandable, it is important to remember that advances in the dental field, along with a team of dental professionals committed to providing the most comfortable experience possible, have allowed patients to achieve much more relaxing visits to the dentist’s office. Dr. Patt will be happy to talk with you about your needs and explore options that can help relieve fears and anxieties during your treatment.
Additional Comfort Options
Our hygienists have additional gentle dental care training, and they’ll talk you through every step of the way. Your safety and comfort is our primary concern. In addition to IV sedation techniques, we proudly feature these options to help alleviate anxiety:
- Massage chairs
- Pain-free injections with the DentalVibe®
- High-quality materials
Doing what we can to make sure our patients feel as safe and comfortable as possible is one of our team’s highest priorities. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact BOCO Dental & Prosthodontics today.