Millions of people get so worked up about dental appointments that they skip the dentist entirely. At OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City we understand that dental anxiety is a very real thing, and that for some people it’s more like dental phobia. But skipping the dentist is not a good idea. Sedation dentistry may be just what you need.
The title of this blog post is totally tongue-in-cheek. Survey after survey tells us how common fear of the dentist is, and we do not make light of that. Anywhere from nine to twenty percent of adult Americans cope with it to one degree or another! Many of them exhibit what psychiatrists call avoidance behavior: they’ll do just about anything to avoid a dentist appointment.
There are lots of reasons why people have dental anxiety or phobia. The more common ones include:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of injections
- Fear of side effects
- Fear of helplessness, or loss of control
If you have dental anxiety or phobia, a big first step is talking with us about your concerns. The trouble with skipping the dentist entirely is that it puts your dental health at risk. We want you to have healthy teeth and gums. Just as important, though, is the clear connection between dental health and overall health.
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, sedation dentistry offers hope. At OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We offer complete general dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!
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