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Dental Fear – A Common Problem with New Solutions

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About 15 percent or 45 million Americans admit to suffering from some form of dental anxiety. If the sound of a dental drill makes you want to hide in the closet, you’re one of them. The causes of dental phobia can range from fears of anesthetic injections and strange smells to memories of painful or traumatic experiences in childhood. Dental fear can be further complicated by a low pain threshold or a genetic tendency toward anxiety.

The Difference Between Dentist Phobia and Dental Anxiety

The terms dental fear, dental anxiety, and dentist phobia are often used interchangeably to define the range of negative emotional and physical symptoms people experience in reaction to dentistry, but there are important differences that can help determine the best treatment options. Anxiety is a rational fear of the unknown. Those with dental anxiety benefit from finding a dentist who is sensitive to their needs and creates a comforting office environment to reduce stress. Phobias are intense and often irrational fears of specific things or situations. A mild dentist phobia may also be called dental fear. Managing a phobia may require professional intervention.

Fighting Dental Fear

Managing dental anxiety has led to the emergence of a new industry. Sedation dentistry focuses on comfortable, pain-free exams and procedures aided by medicines that keep patients in a relaxed or unaware state. Many dentists promote their experience or skills in managing dental anxiety with conscious sedation. Dental spas go a step further by offering relaxing options like massage, reflexology, and various amenities to create a sense of being pampered. For extreme dentist phobia management, general anesthesia may be the best option. In all cases, open communication between dentists and their patients is the best way to tackle anxiety issues.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in The Village of Cross Keys, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in The Village of Cross Keys. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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