What Causes Dental Anxiety or a Fear of the Dentist?

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Walking into a dentist’s office can cause those with dental anxiety or a dental phobia to feel extremely uncomfortable. While our skilled team at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates offers sedation dentistry to assist patients through any type of appointment, sometimes just understanding the underlying causes of dental anxiety can help in managing any fears.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

The most common culprit of dental anxiety is a patient’s fear of potential pain. Perhaps you had an uncomfortable procedure as a young child, planting the seed for feelings of unease as an adult. Even though all of your appointments since then have been pain-free, an early childhood experience with less modern dental techniques can still affect your perceptions. Recognizing and acknowledging this before an appointment can be very helpful in putting these feelings in perspective and managing dental anxiety.

Another common worry is that of the unknown. Due to the nature of dental procedures, you cannot see the work our team is doing in your mouth nor anticipate any potential discomfort, whether real or imagined. In a sense, this can be a fear of loss of control. Again, recognizing and acknowledging this concern can help ease nerves before an appointment. Our team at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates is highly skilled in the procedures we offer, and you can rest assured that you are in the most experienced of hands.

Our Approach

At Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, we carefully train our dental team to be attentive to your concerns. We will spend time at the beginning of every appointment discussing your personal needs and planning your treatment. The important thing is to let us know about your fears - we can help! In addition to trying different techniques, we can share coping strategies and agree on a signal if you need to take a break.

In addition to discussing your treatment until you feel comfortable to move forward, our dentists have a very gentle touch. Most patients find they do great just having us talk them through their treatment and explaining every step along the way.

Solutions for Dental Anxiety - Sedation Dentistry

While we do all that we can to ensure every visit is a comfortable and anxiety-free experience, some patients still need a little extra help relaxing. This is why we offer sedation dentistry in our dental offices, such as prescribing an oral medication before your appointment. Another option at our office includes intravenous sedation, where an anti-anxiety drug is administered into the bloodstream.

Sedation dentistry can help you feel less tense and make your appointment an easier, stress-free experience.

Call Today to Learn More

To learn more about sedation dentistry at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, contact our office today or request an appointment online. Our team of skilled dentists and staff will you decide the best option to manage your dental anxiety.

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