Elmhurst Dentist Explains How and Why Patients Suffer From Dental Fears and Anxiety

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Oct 23, 2012

Too many patients avoid dental treatment and end up with serious health problems because they are afraid of dental care. Although dental phobias and anxieties aren’t uncommon, they do need to be addressed. Today I’m going to review some common reasons that patients suffer from dental anxiety. If you see yourself represented in this list, you may benefit from relaxation dentistry.

Fear of judgment: If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, you may be worried about having your oral health assessed. It’s natural to be a little apprehensive, but you shouldn’t worry about our dental team judging you or making you feel embarrassed—we’ve practically seen it all! We’re here to support you and help you, no judgment involved.

Fear of the dentist based on past experiences: If you had a bad dental experience in your past, like in childhood, you should discuss your concerns with our dental team. We can devise treatment strategies to alleviate your anxieties and help you have the positive dental experience you deserve.

Fear of pain or discomfort: Modern sedation and state-of-the-art dental technology can help you have a comfortable, pain-free dental experience. Many historically uncomfortable dental procedures are now surprisingly painless. Our dental team can help you decide what kinds of sedation treatments are appropriate for your procedure and needs.

Our Elmhurst dentists are here to help you get the treatment you need in the most comfortable and painless way possible. We want you to have a positive experience in the dentist’s chair, so that you can build good dental habits going into the future.

Give our Elmhurst dental office a call to talk more about your sedation needs or to schedule your own personal consultation! During your consultation we can talk in detail about what your treatment procedure would be like, and how sedation can help you.