Do you have fear or anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist? If you fear going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Between 9 and 20 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
It’s a universal issue, but don’t let that keep you from having routine dental care! This can be detrimental to your oral and to your overall health. Modern dentists, such as Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS, understand that the fear of going to the dentist can be a real issue for some and she works with compassion and care to help you overcome your fear.
- You may be embarrassed about your fears, but dentist anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of
- Prior painful experiences
- Embarrassment about having bad teeth
- Fear of the unknown – will it be painful?
- Sights, sounds and smells in the dentist’s office
Strategies to Help Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
Communicate With Your Dentist
The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Prior to your examination, let Dr. Evanson know that you feel fearful and anxious about your upcoming appointment. One of her goals as a dentist is to “create an individualized treatment plan specifically designed to address your unique needs.” She will listen to your concerns and address your fears. Feeling comfortable with your dentist establishes a foundation of trust.
Ask Dr. Evanson to explain what to expect at every stage of the procedure. This will help you prepare for what’s to come. She has been awarded some pretty great reviews from her patients. Among them is the following from Mike E., “All the procedures are explained and you can tell Dr. Evanson and her staff care a lot for their patients!”
Modern dentistry includes medications that make dental procedures less painful. A variety of treatment methods are available to help you relax and feel at ease while in the dentist’s chair, including local anesthesia, oral medications and nitrous oxide. The goal is to have you feel less anxious and to alleviate your fears while caring for your oral health.
Distractions in the Dentist Chair
Talk to Dr. Evanson about bringing your own headphones and listen to your favorite podcast or music to calm you down and distract you during treatment. Headphones will also help drown out the sounds of the dental equipment.
Fear of the Dentist Can Put Your Oral and Overall Health at Risk
Avoiding routine dental care allows cavities and gum disease to flourish. If you only go to the dentist when you’re in pain, you will have more complex and costly treatments to correct the oral problems. Long gaps between dental visits can also put you at a greater risk of overall health problems such as heart problems, strokes, and even memory loss. Routine checkups and cleanings are vital to your oral health and to your overall well-being.
Take the First Step In Overcoming Your Fear
If you struggle with dental fears, and haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, please call Dr. Evanson’s office at (720) 409-0008, or contact us online to make an appointment. Our office located in Parker, Colorado, is easily accessible to the neighboring communities of Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, or Lone Tree.
Dr. Evanson is dedicated to helping you achieve the type of smile you deserve. Her compassionate approach, coupled with the skills and expertise of an experienced dentist will help you overcome your fear of the dentist and get your oral health back on track.Leave a reply →