Do you lose sleep the night before a dental appointment? Are your palms sweaty in the waiting room? Perhaps you have even cancelled dental appointments due to your fear. Dental anxiety is real, and it can keep patients from receiving the high-quality dental care they deserve.
At Artistic Expressions Dentistry in Doylestown, PA, Dr. Bruce Wilderman and our team make patient comfort our top priority. Today, we will explore a few common causes of dental anxiety, and discuss how we can help abate those fears.
A History of Negative First-hand Experiences
Unfortunately, some patients have had negative experiences at the dentist. Some of these individuals remember dental visits before today’s modern techniques and technology - when methods were more invasive.
For example, one patient may recall being ordered to sit in a dental chair by their parent when they were young. Another patient may have memories of receiving emergency dental care decades ago.
No matter the reasons, individual experiences tend to stay with us as we age. This is why some patients still experience anxiety before dental appointments.
The Negative Experiences of Others
Hearing about the negative experiences of others can often plant that seed of fear in our own minds. Perhaps a parent or grandparent recounts a terrifying experience they had as a child. You can even be influenced by the stories you hear on movies, television shows, and other forms of entertainment. These accounts can have a significant negative effect on you, especially if you have limited experiences attending dental visits yourself.
A Feeling of Helplessness
Let’s face it. Having to lie still in a dental chair while others examine your mouth can be intimidating. Many people even feel claustrophobic in these situations. Patients in these situations are increasingly susceptible to dental anxiety. But remember, you are in total control and can stop the procedure at any time.
Embarrassment Over State of Oral Health
As dental professionals, we are used to repairing teeth affected by all sorts of dental damage. Even so, many patients become self-conscious about the condition of their oral health.
This fear of criticism and judgment often leads to dental anxiety. It is important for patients to realize that dentists are there because they want to help. At our practice, we do not judge patients on the condition of their teeth or gums. On the contrary, we simply wish to improve the health of our patients’ smiles, so they can enjoy a better quality of life.
How We Can Ease Your Fears and Anxiety
At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, we take patient comfort very seriously. We believe in getting to know our patients and building a rapport with them. With advanced tools, innovative techniques, and comforting amenities, we go the extra mile to make sure you have a positive dental experience.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Going to the dentist does not have to be a negative experience. Dr. Wilderman and our team can help abate your fears and get you on the road to improved oral health. To learn more, contact us online or call our office at (215) 340-1199.