Up to 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist out of fear, according to. This anxiety can be so severe that it prevents people from seeking dental care for years.
While anxiety causes general uneasiness, people with phobias experience intense fear or dread. A patient may even experience physical symptoms such as sweaty palms or a high pulse.
Here are our tips for how to overcome your fear of the dentist and take control of your oral health.
Schedule a Tour of our Office
For some patients, even the idea of entering a dental office can be stressful. Our recommendation is to tackle your fears one step at a time. Start by scheduling a tour of our office.
Our front desk staff is professional, compassionate, and understanding. They'd be more than happy to welcome you to our dental practice and help you feel at home.
A tour is a great idea because it helps you get used to the idea of going to the dentist. You may also feel a lot less anxiety knowing that there isn't the expectation of an oral exam or teeth cleaning. Instead, you'll be able to get acquainted with our office and your new "dental home."
Meet Our Dentist
We encourage you to meet our dentist before your first official appointment with us. That way, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your dental fears in a safe environment. For example, some patients are afraid of experiencing pain or losing control.
When we know your specific fears, we can determine the best way to accommodate your needs. Meeting our dentist can also help build a relationship based on empathy and trust.
Establish a Signal with Our Dentist
We want to make sure every patient feels safe and comfortable in our office. That's why we encourage you to establish a signal with our dentist that lets us know when you need to take a break. For example, you may raise your hand to let us know when you feel uncomfortable.
Many patients arebecause they're afraid of losing control. Establishing a signal helps you maintain a sense of control over the situation. That way, you can receive the dental care you need to maintain good oral health.
Unlike other practices, we focus on providing personalized dental care to each patient.
Learn More About Dental Anxiety
We understand that dental anxiety can be a lifelong struggle. For some patients, even walking into a dental office can be intimidating.
If you struggle with dental fear, we want you to know that our office will help you every step of the way. We take your fears very seriously and will do everything we can to help you feel safe and secure. In doing so, our team provides exceptional dental care.
Our dentist in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and his team would be more than happy to help you overcome your fears. To request an appointment with Glenn Spencer DDS, call (248) 646-6363. We hope we hear from you soon!
This blog post has been updated.