Dental Anxiety and Fear

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety.  Comfort, relaxation, and happiness of the patient are the primary focus at Moen Family Dental Center.  Our staff will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears, and provide painless, efficient, quality treatments.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

  • Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
  • Fear of injections.
  • Fear of loss of control.
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Anesthetic.
  • Fear of pain.
  • Fear of the dentist/doctor
  • Fear of the hand piece (or the drill).

How can one overcome dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety and fear can be overwhelming.  It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.  Receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important.  Having regular routine check-ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Talk to us –  We can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated to help you feel comfortable in our office!

Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people.  We offer Nitrous oxide as well as several oral sedatives to patients to help them through their appointments.   If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office.