Fearful Patients Are In Caring Hands Here

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

It is estimated that nearly 75% of adults in the U.S. have had a fear of the dentist at some point. One of the most common of all phobias, dental fear is also known as odontophobia. Interestingly, women seem to have dental fear more than men.

We see a number of fearful patients, most who have developed some level of gum disease over time. Helping to restore their oral health begins with an appointment where we discuss their concerns in our consultation room. Some people will share what sparked their dental fears in the first place, while a few don’t remember what prompted their fears. Regardless, I listen and then describe ways we can ensure their comfort throughout treatment.

Often, patients will request to have Oral Sedation along with their treatment. This is in pill form and taken prior to arriving at our office. By the time the patient arrives, they are very relaxed. Once the full effect of the medication has them in a totally relaxed state, we administer numbing medications and begin dental care.

Oral Sedation is safe and recovery is quick. It also leaves no memory of treatment afterwards for most. Some may recall hearing my voice during treatment, but that’s typically all they remember.

If you have dental anxiety, or you know someone who has intense fear when it comes to dental visits, please know that our friendly phone staff are experienced in speaking with fearful individuals. At all times, whether on the phone or in our office, you’ll be treated respectfully and warmly. We look forward to creating a comfortable, pleasant experience for you.

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