Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Kate General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that 13-24% of people fear (and avoid) going to the dentist. Typically when we fear something, we avoid it altogether. However, this avoidance can cause a long list of dental health issues like:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth pain
  • Cavities
  • Tooth loss
  • Cracked teeth
  • Tooth decay

If you are experiencing dental anxiety, we have some ways to help you so that you can keep your teeth healthy and feel more comfortable at your appointments. Here is a checklist of ways you can work through dental anxiety for good.


How To Identify And Overcome Dental Anxiety


To overcome dental anxiety, it’s essential to identify what you are afraid of. For example, are you afraid of pain? Are you feeling embarrassed about your teeth? Have you had a bad experience at a past appointment? Knowing the source of your fear can help your dentist offer support and a solution to your fear.

For example, if you are worried about pain or feeling anxious, we offer sedation dentistry to reduce anxiety. And if you feel embarrassed about the way your teeth look, we can work with you to create a plan that will help you achieve the perfect smile you have always wanted.

And if you had a bad experience, we want you to know that not all dental practices are the same. At Ascent Dental, we are dedicated to providing our patients with a safe and comfortable environment.


Anxiety Checklist


Once you have identified the fear, here is a checklist of making your dental appointment less scary and attending your appointment with confidence.

1.) Bring a friend 

If you are feeling extra nervous, having a friend or family member with you can help ease the anxiety, and we are more than happy to have them in the waiting room or room with you.

2.) Ask for sedation dentistry

If you need extra help to feel comfortable, we offer nitrous oxide, iv sedation, and conscious oral sedation. Just let us know your preference when you call to schedule your appointment, and we would be more than happy to support you.

3.) Ask all of your questions. Knowledge can help us feel more comfortable and less fearful around dental appointments. Bring up any concerns or questions so our dentist can make sure you stay informed and feel comfortable during your appointment.

We are accepting new patients and would love to help you with your dental needs. So give us a call today to explore your options, and let’s get you the healthy smile you deserve.