From sweaty palms to a paralyzing fear of dental treatment, dental anxiety is a fairly common affliction for many patients. If you suffer from dental anxiety, rest assured that our office provides as many anxiety-reducing measures as possible to ensure our patients are at ease and can receive the dental care they need.
You're Not Alone!
Studies have shown that anywhere from 5-8% of Americans avoid the dentist entirely and as many as 20% only see the dentist when absolutely necessary. Some causes of dental fear are:
- Bad childhood experiences
- Pre-existing anxiety disorders
- Embarrassment of teeth
- Feeling of lack of control
How Can I Overcome My Dental Anxiety?
If you have a pre-existing psychological condition that's contributing to your dental anxiety, consult your physician first.
Our office takes many measures to ensure that our patients are as comfortable and calm as possible. In addition to using calming aromatherapy oils throughout our office, we also provide earphones, pillows, and blankets to provide a comfortable treatment environment. Our staff is careful to explain all parts of an appointment to our patients so that they are familiar with what will be happening to them. For patients with more severe anxiety, Dr. Kim can also prescribe medication that will help calm nerves before appointments.
If you experience dental anxiety, talk to Dr. Kim or our dental assistants before the appointment to determine what might help ease your nerves. Whether it's familiarizing yourself to the tools used during appointments, using earplugs or even doing a few yoga poses beforehand (Dr. Kim is a certified yoga instructor!), we're happy to assist you in overcoming your fears!