Dental anxiety is not uncommon. In dental offices, we see it more often than we would like to, and it can sometimes be traced back to unpleasant visits with dentists during childhood and adolescence when we are first forming our impressions of caregivers like doctors, dentists, and nurses. Not as much was understood in the earlier days of dental work and patients were not treated with the care that is representative of our offices. This can follow a person through their lifetime and even cause them to avoid the dentist unless it is an absolute emergency or the pain is simply too much to bear.
While we empathize with the fear that some people have of dentists, we would like to assure that our offices are staffed by highly trained professionals that have the utmost care and respect for our patients. We strive to make sure that you are comfortable in our care and to that end, we would like to offer our patients our steadfast assurance of their comfort and if need be, anxiety sedation.
While most people don’t look forward to a visit to the dentist any more than they look forward to a visit to their physician, these appointments have advanced in both comfort and technology. Both doctors offices and dentists office have become a place where the treatments are pain-free and quick. However, there are issues that are so deeply seated in our brains and memories that they can develop into a phobia that will lead a person to avoid the treatment that they so badly need. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 million people suffer from dental anxiety or have a dental phobia so severe that they would rather suffer from through the pain of a cavity than to go to a dentist.
It is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between anxiety and phobia. Anxiety can induce uneasiness in the patient at the time of the appointment that can eventually be overcome. It can also manifest in worries over unfounded fears. However, a phobia will manifest as intense fear and panic that can leave the patient refusing to even enter a doctor’s office. While phobias may seem unreasonable, we are not here to try and talk you out of them.
Our staff of professionals is here to help you get the dental treatment that you need. To that end, we offer a number of sedation treatments that will help you ease your anxiety about dentists and help you through the visit. There are several different treatments that we use during our procedures to make you feel at ease during your visit. We like to tailor our treatment plans to each person to make their visit more comfortable. If you or someone you love needs sedation treatment during their visit, our offices welcome your questions and calls. During this time we will be able to help you understand the extent of your visit and how we will be able to help you through your visit. Call McBride Dental to schedule an appointment today.