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Addressing Dental Fear and Anxiety

For some people, routine dental checkups are far from “routine”, but instead something that cause fear and anxiety.

Dental phobia is not something to be ashamed of, but it’s also something that should be addressed. Dental checkups are too important to avoid. Proper oral hygiene and routine exams are vital steps to overall health and wellness.

If you suffer from fear or anxiety associated with going to the dentist, the first step is to talk to your dentist. Don’t be embarrassed; you’re not alone.

“Fear and anxiety of going to the dentist is so common we deal with it every day,” said Dr. Johns.

Identify your symptoms so we can help. Do you:

  • Have trouble sleeping the night before your appointment?
  • Feel extremely uneasy, nervous or physically ill?
  • Avoid going to the dentist for years?
  • Feel embarrassed by your teeth or your fear/anxiety?
  • Fear the procedures will hurt?
  • Have trouble breathing through your nose?

“Dentistry has come a long way with technology that makes dental visits quicker and easier,” said Dr. Meyer. “Fearful patients should schedule a consultation to discuss their fears and past experiences so we can address the patient’s concerns and fears before any treatment is started.”

For some patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and a mild sedative may be needed to make the treatment visits much more pleasant.

At Meyer & Johns Dental, we want to do everything we can to make our patients feel welcome, comfortable and confident. If you are concerned about your oral health or seeing a dentist, please schedule a consultation, today. We’re here to listen and help.