Feeling Anxious about the Dentist? Here's Why
Dental anxiety is quite common. Some studies have estimated as many as 15 percent of people suffer from dental anxiety; that is around 40 million people in this country alone!
If you are one of the sufferers, it may or may not help to know that you are not alone. But it might help to have a better understanding of the source of your anxiety.
Fear of Pain
The fear of pain is probably the most common reason people have anxiety about the dentist. Many people in the Arlington, TX area are looking for painless dentistry. The anticipation that there will be pain can be a powerful motivator—and it can keep people from picking up the phone to make an appointment to see the dentist.
Fear of the Loss of Control
Many people also feel a loss of control when they are at the dentist. A dentist and hygienist are working very closely to a patient—and in their personal space. This can be uncomfortable for many people.
Fear of Embarrassment
The longer a person has avoided the dentist, the more likely it is that they are embarrassed by the state of their teeth—and a vicious cycle begins. They worry they will feel humiliated or judged, so they simply stop going to the dentist.
How We Address Patient Anxiety at Rush Creek Dentistry
Managing anxiety begins before a patient takes a seat in the dental chair. When patients call us, a friendly and calm voice will greet them. Our office environment is designed to be relaxing, with a comfortable reception area and friendly faces at the front desk.
We are a judgment-free office—regardless of how long it’s been since your last dental appointment. And finally, we utilize some of the best in the latest dental technology to ensure that patients in Arlington, TX can expect a primarily painless dentistry when they are here.
Don’t let fear of the dentist keep you from enjoying good oral health. Call us today!