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Anxious About Going to the Dentist?

Causes of Anxiety

Recently, a survey conducted by Peter Milgrom, showed the 5% to 8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear.  20% however, will make a dentist visit if it is mandatory.  About two-thirds of the patients who were studied in this study relate fears back to negative past experiences.  The other third have anxiety as a side effect from cases such as mood disorders, types of abuse, and different types of post traumatic stress.  This could be connected to the fact that the patient does not have control, especially someone putting you in a place where you cannot respond to questions and having someone constantly over you.

It can be intimidating for some patients not to be able to speak.

It can be intimidating for some patients not to be able to speak.

What can dentists do?

Dentists can do their part by providing an environment that will come across as less threatening.  The location and design scheme are two things that can be visual factors. The way the dentist talks to the patient is another way they can prevent fear in their patients.  Some dentists use techniques such as telling the patient what will happen before they do it and asking for permission to continue, and stopping the procedure whenever they feel uncomfortable. Whether it is for regular check-ups or more extensive procedures, West Meade Dental is committed to helping you get the care you need.

What can patients do?

Even though it is reported that dental work leads to less pain than expected, there are a few steps you can take when preparing yourself for the dentist visit if you are frightened.  It is recommended you take someone with you that you trust.  Most places will even let the accompanist go in during the procedure.  You can also find something to distract yourself, usually television or music, or relaxation techniques.  For extreme cases, some dentists may make mild sedatives available to the patient, such as “laughing gas,” or recommend that you seek professional psychological therapy. Whatever it takes to ensure that you get the oral treatment you need, West Meade Dental is determined to assist patients through their fear.

 

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