Around 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety centered around dental visits. Many of these people avoid going to the dentist as a result of their dental anxiety, only visiting if there is a toothache or some other dental problem. Dental anxiety can stem from a number of things including the expectation of pain, sounds and smells of the dental office, or past negative experiences.
If you continue to avoid the dentist until you’re in pain, you’ll probably continue to have unpleasant experiences and the cycle will go on. But if you confront your fears and visit your dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup, you’ll be less likely to need expensive and painful dental problems.
If you’re feeling anxious about the dentist, there are a few things you can do to lessen this fear:
Here at Littleton Implants and Periodontics, we know the importance of visiting your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup. Putting the above tips into practice can go a long way towards easing your dental anxiety.
If you’re experiencing anxiety about an upcoming procedure at our office, please contact Littleton Implants and Periodontics to let us know. We’ll do all we can to make sure your visit to our Littleton, Colorado office is a pleasant one.