New Techniques & Technology Helping To Conquer Dental Fear

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that over 30% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of some level of anxiety or fear. Even worse, about 10% of those are classified as “dental phobics,” or persons with such a high fear level that they avoid the dentist until an emergency need arises.

With these statistics, it comes as no surprise that the nation’s leading cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Without 6-month check-ups and cleanings, your risk of developing gum disease, among other problems, is high.

If the fear of discomfort has prevented you from regular dental care, you are encouraged to share those feelings with a dentist who is sensitive to your concerns. This discussion will allow us to understand your level of fear and explain the methods of comfort available.
In our office, we offer both Oral Sedation, which is in pill form so there are no needles used to administer the medication. You are totally relaxed throughout treatment and have little or no memory of the procedure afterward. The medication is safe and recovery time is quick. For added safety and comfort, you are monitored by a trained staff member and sophisticated equipment throughout your procedure.

I believe the confidence of a beautiful, healthy smile enhances one’s quality of life and every person should feel achieving this is within reach. Hopefully, the advancements in dental techniques and technology will result in a new generation who live their lifetime with all their natural teeth.

If you have dental fear or know someone who does, suggest they begin with a consultation by calling (828) 274-9440. This conversation could be the first step to a terrific smile!

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