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Do Dentists Really Understand Dental Fears?

Posted on 7/23/2017 by Dr. Justin Lai
Edge Dental understands that some patients have fear of the dentist.
This is a reasonable question. It is like someone who is in pain, wondering if their physician really understands what you are going through. You wonder if your dentist doesn't understand your fears will your dentist take the proper steps to allay your fears. Fear and anxiety about dentists is a common problem. Some of it is justified based on experience while some of it is simply based on the experience or fears of friends or relatives. Regardless of the origin, remember one thing. Your dentist wasn't always a dentist. Until your dentist is in adulthood, the same fears and anxieties you have may have been shared by your dentist. Your dentist was once a patient too.

How Do I Know if My Dentist Understands My Fears?

When you first meet your dentist, it is worth having a conversation with him or her. Let your dentist know if you have had any bad experiences with other dentists and what they were. Some people have always had teeth that needed little or no intervention. If you are one of these people and now are in a position of needing dental work, like a crown or a root canal or even just a filling for a cavity, you may simply be nervous about having dental work done because you don’t know what to expect. Frequently, simply having your dentist explain the procedure to you is sufficient to allay your fears. If it isn’t, discuss the options your dentist can offer to counteract the anxiety you have. Don’t worry; your dentist won’t think you are silly. Dentists do understand that anxiety about dental procedures is a very real problem.

If you truly experience fear, tell your dentist. Your dentist has options to make you more comfortable and reduce your anxiety. There are various levels of sedation your dentist can offer, ranging from oral anti-anxiety medication that makes you perfectly relaxed to IV sedation that can put you out as happens in surgery. If you opt for this route, you will need someone to pick you up from your appointment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (281) 940-6960.

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From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.

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