Having a fear of the dentist is not just something children experience and is more common than you might think. Dentophobia can stem from a variety of reasons and can have a range of severities, making it very difficult to pinpoint an exact cause or trigger. However, the dental team at Centennial Smiles is well versed in working with anxious patients, and do everything in our power to ensure that you feel right at home and know what treatments are given.
Fear of the Unknown
Often patients may experience some feelings of anxiety before coming to a dental checkup. You might take one look at the fancy array of tools laid out behind the big chair, for example, and start having second thoughts. It’s important to remember that your hygienist or dentist is a highly trained professional who has practiced his or her procedures many times before. They know exactly what to do and how to handle their dental instruments. Rest assured that you’re in good hands, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you’re curious about the purpose of something, simply raise your concerns and have your curiosity satiated.
For those who’s fear of the dentist is more difficult to tackle, we suggest first starting small. Take a tour of our website, and find out what it is that we do. You can meet some of the team and hear about our work and commitment to you. There are plenty of virtual tours of a typical dentist’s office available online. Search up a few and take a look around from the safety of your own home. We also suggest you search up the procedures that you’re most anxious about and read up on them. Sometimes just having a better understanding of the process is enough to put your mind at ease. Finally, give us a call to schedule your appointment and let our friendly staff handle the rest! Feel free to let us know your concerns and thoughts so we can let our dentists know.
At the end of the day, remember that we’re here for you and your teeth. It is to your benefit to get your oral health checked up every now and then. Those with dentophobia and who don’t visit their dentist often end up having to go in an emergency situation, during which their fear is only confirmed and worsened. Let us show you that you have nothing to be worried about! Give us a call at 587-353-5060 today.