If you harbor a deep fear of the dentist, there’s no shame. In fact, thousands of Americans experience some level of anxiety when it comes to having dental work done. Where does this fear of the dentist come from?
For the majority of patients who have a fear of the dentist, there are three main root causes:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear of loss of control (because they can’t participate or see what’s happening to them.)
This is not to say these are the only reasons someone might fear the dentist. In fact, there are extreme circumstances where a patient may have experienced previous dental abuse or has some other suppressed traumatic memory that manifests as overwhelming anxiety over visiting a dentist. Whatever the case, it’s important to recognize the legitimacy of a patient’s fear because this fear is very, very real.
I’m Afraid of the Dentist. What Can I do?
Finding a compassionate and gentle sedation dentist who is willing to work with you is a great first step. It’s important that walking through the door feels as calming and comfortable as possible, with friendly staff to greet you. Even the phone etiquette should be a positive, calming experience for you. A compassionate sedation dentist should listen to your concerns and help formulate a treatment plan that you’re comfortable with, and offer multiple sedation options (because one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to dealing with patient fears).
Dr. Reem Kidess offers a calming office experience and has years of experience in the art of sedation dentistry. For a consultation, please fill out our contact form or call our office to speak with one of our friendly staff.