When was the last time you saw a dentist in Washington? The correct answer to that question is sometime in the last six months, because the American Dental Association recommends two checkups every year. However, if dental anxiety keeps you from having the oral health care you need, then there’s no better time than the start of the New Year to overcome your fears. There are many ways a dentist can help to eliminate your anxiety. Read on to learn more about dental phobia and how to put your fears behind you.
What Causes Dental Fears?
There are a number of different reasons why people harbor dental anxiety or fear including:
- Memory of a traumatic visit to the dentist during childhood
- Claustrophobia, which makes some people uncomfortable in the confines of the dentist’s examination chair
- Sensitivity to the sights and sounds in the dentist’s office, such as the sharp metal instruments and the dentist’s drill
- Fear of the unknown, or not understanding what the dentist is about to do
Ask Questions and Think Happy Thoughts
It’s not psychobabble—sometimes just talking to someone about your fears can help your conquer them. Talk to the dental hygienist or dentist about what frightens you. If you remember a bad experience with another dentist, be sure to mention that, too. Your new dentist in Washington may be able to help you relax.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions about any treatment you need. Understanding what is about to happen often puts a patient’s mind at ease. And when you are an active participant in your dental care, you’ll feel better and have more control over your emotions.
Finally, be sure to talk to the dentist about the beautiful smile you envision for yourself. Once again, you have an important role to play in your treatment and knowing that your smile goals will be achieved helps to eliminate fears.
Comfortable Office Amenities
A dentist’s office today is more like a spa than a healthcare facility. The environment is warm and inviting—almost like home. And the staff is friendly and accommodating—almost like family.
In addition, you can use your time at the dentist to escape. With headphones and a television, you can relax and watch a movie or listen to music while the dental team takes care of your teeth and gums.
So make seeing the dentist part of your New Year’s resolution. Call to schedule an appointment today and 2019 will be the year of your best smile!
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a family dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you need to schedule a dental checkup or another service, contact us today.