If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
Dental anxiety is a more serious condition than anxiety. Although they can’t do much about it, most people with dental anxiety or anxiety admit that it is an irrational fear. They exhibit classic avoidance behavior; that is, they will do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist. People with dental anxiety usually go to the dentist only when forced to do so by extreme pain.
Other signs of dental anxiety include:
- Trouble sleeping the night before the dental exam
- Feelings of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office waiting room
- Crying or feeling physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist
- Intense uneasiness at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or suddenly feeling like it is difficult to breathe
At My Plantation Dentist, we understand that this is a real issue and we will take the time and all the necessary steps to help you feel as relaxed and comfortable as you can be. In fact, to help ease treatment, we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation for patients who may need it.