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Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

Did you know there is actually a term for people who are afraid of the dentist? It’s true! It’s called “Dentophobia”. No joke, fear of dental visits is common it has acquired its own word! The anxiety can stem from fear of multiple issues, but usually has to do with: the dentist, pain, numbness or gagging, sounds and smells, or needles. So how does one cope with these fears?

If the fear is severe it is best to consult with a trained mental health professional before going in for dental treatment. Once your phobia is manageable it is important to choose the right dentist. Often you can get a feel for the dentist’s style during an initial consultation where no dental work is performed yet. You can ask how he or she handles patients with dentophobia and how they will support you going forward. Don’t let fear keep you from maintaining a healthy mouth. Call us today to find out how we can help you.