Ten Common Reasons for Anxiety at the Dentist

There are many reasons for anxiety at the dentist, but overcoming dental anxiety is important for your health. Here’s how we can help you get over your fear of the dentist.

Ten Common Reasons for Anxiety at the Dentist

Do you get anxious about going to the dentist? You’re not alone. There are many reasons people feel anxiety about dentist appointments. But whether you’re afraid of the drill or worried about exposure to toxins, we want to set your mind at ease. Overcoming dental anxiety is crucial for keeping your teeth and your whole body in good health. Here’s how we can help you overcome your fear of the dentist, no matter what the cause.

Don’t Let a Fear of the Dentist Put Your Health at Risk

Overcoming dental anxiety isn’t easy, but unless you can get past your fears, your dental health will start to suffer. And since poor dental health contributes to poor health in general, it’s very important to see a dentist on a regular basis. No matter what the source of your dental anxiety is, don’t let it stop you from keeping your appointments. 

In fact, getting your teeth cleaned and examined every six months can prevent many different problems. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove the dangerous tartar buildup that causes cavities and gingivitis. And exams help prevent small problems like enamel erosion or inflamed gums from becoming bigger problems, like root canal infections or advanced gum disease.

Ten Common Reasons for Anxiety at the Dentist

  1. Bad experiences in the past
  2. Fear of pain
  3. Fear of needles
  4. Fear of the drill
  5. Fear of embarrassment
  6. Anxiety about the loss of personal space
  7. Generalized anxiety or social anxiety
  8. Anxiety about exposure to toxins 
  9. Worries about reactions to anesthesia
  10. Worries about the extent or cost of treatment

The Dentist You Choose Makes a Huge Difference

At Prescott Dentistry, we want to provide the most positive dental experience possible. We’ll do everything we can to help you overcome your fears, no matter what they are. Because we practice holistic dentistry, our focus is on prevention and whole-body wellness. 

We offer many non-invasive, completely painless procedures like CO2 laser treatments and oxygen therapy. And we always try to preserve your natural teeth, even if they are badly decayed. Our biomimetic dental materials can restore strength and function to damaged teeth, offering you an alternative to conventional “drill-and-fill” techniques.

If exposure to toxins worries you, our practice is different from most. From removing mercury amalgam fillings to fluoride alternatives, we have many natural, holistic treatments available. And if chemical or material sensitivities are a concern to you, prior to proceeding with treatment, please ask us about biocompatibility testing. These lab tests will help us determine which materials are most biologically suitable for your mouth, and prevent any adverse reactions.

Anxiety-Free Dental Care in Prescott

If you tend to feel anxiety about going to the dentist, please tell us! We’ll do our best to put you at ease and help you relax. Just let us know what we can do to make you feel comfortable—if you want a detailed explanation of the procedure, we’re happy to oblige. Or if you want to listen to a podcast or take a few minutes to try some calming breathing exercises on your favorite wellness app, that’s fine, too. 

We also offer a complimentary comfort menu with heated neck wraps, cooling eye pillows, aromatherapy, blankets, and calming music to make your dental experience feel more like a spa treatment. When you take good care of your dental health, you’re doing something that’s good for your entire body, so why not make going to the dentist as enjoyable as possible?

Start the new year out right and make an appointment today! To schedule a cleaning and exam, give us a call at 928-445-1660 or send us a message online.


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