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Options for Dental Fear and Anxiety

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EVEN THOUGH WE know, logically, that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of staying healthy, many of us don’t find it particularly fun to go through a dental exam and treatments. For some people, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety and phobia. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.

Dental Anxiety Statistics: You Are Not Alone

Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible to tooth decay and painful infection. It’s always better to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.

Why Does Dental Anxiety Happen?

A lot of people who avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety or fear do so because of a previous negative experience they had that soured them on the concept of dentistry altogether. The feeling of not being in control is another reason people might be nervous. We understand this, and we’re dedicated to helping our patients feel comfortable so that they can move forward with the right professional oral health care that they deserve to keep their teeth strong and healthy for life.

There Are Always Other Options

There are different options for patients with dental anxiety depending on the dental treatments they require. We never force our patients to take any part of a dental exam they do not feel comfortable with- there are always other options to receive thorough dental care. Our office specializes in accommodating patients with dental phobias and anxieties by offering an array of sedation options with our experienced, in-house dentist anesthesiologist

Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

There are a few things you can do to reduce your dental anxiety.

  • Come visit our practice before your appointment for a sedation consult. Familiarize yourself with our space and members of our staff so that it doesn’t seem so foreign on appointment day and to discuss which sedation option may be right for you. You might even want to bring someone you trust along with you.
  • Learn as much as you can about what happens during the appointment. If you take away the mystery, it will help you regain a sense of control.
  • Talk to us about your anxiety. When we know this is something you struggle with, there’s more we can do to help you. One of those ways is to discuss various sedation methods.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dental Professionals

At NOVA Dental Anesthesia, your care and comfort are our top priorities. If you or someone in your family struggles with dental anxiety and it’s interfering with getting needed dental care, we’d love to schedule a time for you to come to our practice so that you can get used to the facility, get to know our team, and go over our range of sedation options. We can answer any questions you may have!

Do You Dread Going To The Dentist? Fear No More!

NOVA Dental Anesthesia has over 20 years of experience with improving patient comfort, smiles, and changing lives. Please contact our Northern VA office today.

NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919 Book an Appointment


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