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Dealing with a Dental Phobia

The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it. The good thing about it is that, today, we can treat fear as successfully as we treat tooth decay or crooked teeth. Over six million people experience some degree of anxiety when they visit the dentist. Two million dental patients are just plain scared, so scared that they suffer shaking, confusion, heart palpitations and changes in speech and blood pressure just thinking about dental treatment. Thanks to many dedicated researchers, we've learned a lot about what causes fear. And we've got the antidotes. Do you have a Dental Phobia? If you, or someone you care about, needs help in coping [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:25:56+00:00December 7th, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Dealing with a Dental Phobia

Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Fear is a learned response, and what can be learned can also be unlearned. We still have a lot to learn about fear, but certain things we do know. Dental fear, for example, is often the result of vicarious learning. Take you, for instance. Even though you've never had a tooth removed, you've maybe heard some pretty scary stuff about extractions, and the result is that the whole idea makes you nervous. That's vicarious learning. Vicarious wrong learning, too, since having a tooth out these days is virtually painless. Negative experiences also have a lot to do with fear. A really bad experience in an airplane can make you anxious about flying. More than two terrible trips in the scary [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:47:38+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Dental Anxiety: No Laughing Matter

We'd like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today's dentistry: it's virtually painless. Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to anesthesia have all contributed to painless treatment, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canals. But what if you didn't grow up with modem dentistry, and remember it differently? If you have had difficult dental experiences, you may be among the 150 million Americans who white-knuckle their way through treatment or avoid the dentist altogether. The fact is, about 80% of the fearful can overcome this kind of anxiety, with a little help from an empathetic dentist. Everyone in our practice understands dental fear and where it comes from. We are trained in forming good working [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:18:00+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Dental Anxiety: No Laughing Matter