DENTAL ANXIETY – ARE YOU READY TO RELAX?
If you suffer from dental anxiety – are you ready to relax?
Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming dental appointment? Dental anxiety is a very common problem. In fact, 9 to 20% of Americans are so afraid of going to the dentist that they avoid it altogether. That’s about 30 to 40 million people!
If you feel tense, have trouble sleeping the night before your appointment, are nervous, or feel panicked, please let us know so we can help you overcome these feelings and have a wonderful, relaxing visit.
Rest assured that Dr. O’Donnell is happy to offer sedation, or gentle dentistry which will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, Dr. O’Donnell will be hard at work making sure you ‘wake up’ with the beautiful new smile and results you desire.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF DENTAL ANXIETY?
- Fear of pain – Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental “pain and horror” stories told by others. It is most common in adults 24 years and older. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry over the years, dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
- Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work – Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth . Beyond this fear, others fear that the anesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
- Fear of anesthetic side effects – Some people do not like the numbness or “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics.
- Feelings of helplessness and loss of control – It’s common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation — sitting in a dental chair, having to stay still with your mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.
- Embarrassment and loss of personal space – Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or hygienist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.
- Negative Past Expereinces – Anyone who has had pain or discomfort during previous dental procedures is more likely to be anxious the next time around.
If you suffer from dental anxiety – are you ready to relax? Give us a call today and see what a difference gentle dentistry and our caring team can make in transforming your dental visits from fearful to a place you want to come back to time and time again!
4720 Airport Blvd..
Mobile, AL. 36608