Over 30% of Americans experience some form of dental anxiety, and about a third have an extreme phobia.
Depending on the underlying cause and severity, dental anxiety can make it difficult or nearly impossible for people to get the care they need.
Understanding the source of your dental phobia helps our team provide personalized care that addresses your needs and concerns.
With an office in The Woodlands, Texas, Scott Young, DDS, provides dental services for the greater Houston region, including the communities of Highland Village, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, and Memorial.
Common fears linked with dental anxiety
Occasional anxiety or nerves before a trip to the dentist is common and normal, even for people without dentophobia. However, when the fear and anxiety become overwhelming and prevent you from getting the dental care you need, you could increase your risk of developing serious oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Some of the most common types of fears linked with dental anxiety include:
- Fear of needles, drills, and other dental equipment
- Fear of blood (hemophobia)
- Sensitivity to smells and sounds typical of a dentist’s office
- Fear of or heightened sensitivity to pain
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Anticipation of a negative outcome
- Past negative experience with a dentist or a specific treatment like a filling or root canal
Everyone’s experience is unique. Sometimes, the source of your dental fear and anxiety may not be obvious. If you’re struggling to schedule or keep an appointment for preventive dental care or a specific treatment, contact us to discuss your concerns. A member of our team will answer your questions and manage your concerns before your appointment.
Tips for managing dental fear and anxiety
When you have dental anxiety, even the thought of a simple dental exam and cleaning can feel terrifying and overwhelming. But preventive care is one of the best tools available to lower your risk of needing more frequent and potentially invasive and expensive dental treatments in the future.
Relaxation and distraction techniques like breathing exercises and bringing headphones or a book can help you relax and feel more comfortable during your visit.
Scheduling your appointment at the time of day you feel most relaxed can also make a significant difference. For example, an early morning appointment lets you get the visit out of the way so you don’t have to deal with building anxiety while waiting for your appointment.
We also offer several forms of sedation dentistry.
For more information about sedation dentistry and tips for managing your dental anxiety, contact Scott Young, DDS, today to schedule an appointment.