While a majority of Americans don’t necessarily look forward to going to the dentist, there is a notable percentage (15%) that suffer from true dental anxiety. Dental anxiety, also called dental fear or dental phobia, is a real condition. Unfortunately, it can be the obstacle that keeps someone from getting the dental are they need and deserve.
There are many reasons why a patient may experience anxiety about the dental office. However, today’s dental offices are not the same as they were in past decades. Before you decide to give up on professional dental care due to your fear, we invite you to discover what a modern dentist can offer to help you feel at ease.
A Modern Dentist Promotes Patient Comfort
At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we have created an office that feels like home. From our soothing amenities to our painless dental technology, we have your comfort in mind at every step of your dental visit. For anxious patients, we also provide sedation dentistry, which can put you in a deep state of relaxation and contentment while you are in the dental chair. Some of our sedation options, such as Nitrous Oxide, are safe for kids and adults and won’t cause lingering side effects.
Reasons for Dental Anxiety
Why are you feeling so anxious or fearful about the dentist? Here are some common reasons:
- Fear of Pain
- Fear of the Unknown or Not Being in Control
- Needles or Sharp Dental Instruments
- Sensitive Gag Reflex
- Noises, Sounds and Smells of the Dentist (drills, latex, etc)
- Poor Dental Experience as Child
- Embarrassed about your oral health
Regardless of the reason why you are hesitant to attend your dental appointments, we want to help. At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we can redefine the way you feel about going to the dentist. Call our Charleston office today.