Many people dislike going to the dentist, but a small percentage of patients experience anxiety and fear that goes beyond simply feeling bored or slightly uncomfortable in the dentist chair. They may feel great physical unease at the very thought of an appointment, have trouble sleeping the night before, or flat out avoid the dentist altogether.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, then it will be helpful to read a little about why people tend to experience such extreme dental anxiety and what they've managed to do to overcome it.
Dental anxiety can typically be boiled down into three main fears.
First there is the fear of pain, sometimes because of a bad dental experience as a child, or from hearing the negative stories of others. Though many patients know that modern dentistry has made numerous advances and that most procedures are now painless, they often still cling to the fear that anesthetic injections won't work or that the needle itself will be too painful. Loss of control and loss of personal space are two other commonly cited sources of dental anxiety. Oftentimes patients even report a combination of reasons for avoiding the dentist.
One of the best ways to overcome dental anxiety is simply to talk to your dentist and express your fears. Since a good deal of dental phobia often comes from misinformation, it can be very helpful to get the correct information from a dental professional.
If you're looking for a family or general dentist in NE Calgary that understands your needs and will take the time to listen, then book an appointment with Go Dental. We can help put your mind at ease and work with you to make your dental checkups and procedures as comfortable as possible.
You can also ask our dental professionals about oral sedation dentistry, and learn about if it may be a good option for you. Many patients find relief by using safe and effective oral sedation when they come in for dental work. At Go Dental in Calgary, we offer a variety of different sedation methods and can help you find that one that will work best to ease your specific fears and concerns.