Getting a root canal can be a stressful business. For that matter, many folks find going to the dentist in general to be a dreadful affair. The anticipation is often worse than the real thing, in many cases, but it’s also not uncommon to hear about people’s “dental phobia” stemming from real-life experiences when dentists had treated them coldly, if not worse. Still others have never had something akin to trauma, but they simply just dislike the experience.

We at Summit Family Dentistry aren’t here to inform our readers that we’ve developed a miraculous, non-invasive cure-all for anyone who dislikes the dentist, and for that we apologize; we are only human. Dental work is by definition invasive to a certain extent, but it doesn’t have to be emotionally or physically painful. That statement is a driving principle for us at Summit Family Dentistry of Denver, NC. We want every single patient who walks through our doors to not only achieve the best smile they’ve ever had, but to enter our office with peace and leave feeling refreshed.

Today’s post will highlight “dental phobia,” as we share who suffers from it along with some potential solutions we encourage our readers to try out. We’ll cap off today’s post by explaining what sets us apart from other Denver dentists, or “dentists near me,” as you may be apt to type into your smartphone. Regardless, keep reading for some practical tips!

Who Deals With Dental Phobia?

The short answer is that most people in America do — a whopping 80 percent of Americans report some degree of anxiety when going to the dentist. So if you don’t, consider yourself lucky! The American Association of Endodontists provided that statistic, along with the following one: between five and ten percent of adults in America are considered “dental phobics.” These are folks who are so terrified by the prospect that they simply refuse to go to the dentist.

Try These Tips

So, it’s safe to say that a fair portion of the population in this nation could use a tip or two for dealing with the dentist! Whether the fear has to do with pain, needles, ambivalent dentists, shame about one’s own teeth, or children who have a vicarious fear from their parents, we are hopeful that some of the following tips can begin to undo what has been done.

  • Bring a friend along for support. Choose a friend who can calm you down and make you feel like home. This can help, especially if you are visiting a new dentistry for the first time.
  • Tell your dentist about your fears. Sometimes expressing the fear vocally is a tonic in its own right, but it can also be helpful for a caring dentist (like our very own Dr. Pernell) to understand what you are worried about. We can tailor our services to help you feel at ease.
  • Breathe deeply. It might sound overly simple, but your grandma’s grandma’s grandma would probably recommend this approach, and so do we. It will physically calm you down. If you have other relaxation techniques you’ve found to be effective, have at it!

We take pride in our patient-centered approach at Summit Family Dentistry of Denver, NC. We will take the time to listen and understand your unique needs so that we can formulate a tailored approach to make you comfortable. Schedule your appointment and discovery the Summit Family Dentistry difference today!