In the spirit of Halloween, our team at Brar Dentistry is dedicating today’s blog to fear. It’s the perfect time of year to talk about those dental anxiety demons that keep you from your healthiest smile.
Many people think nothing of taking a tour through a haunted house or spending your October weekends enjoying your favorite horror films. It’s thrilling to be scared every once in awhile. But the terrifying things we tend to delight in around Halloween time are all in good fun.
Most of us aren’t traumatized by a zombie jumping out at us from the shadowy corridors of a haunted mansion because we know it’s not real and that no one is going to hurt us.
Dental anxiety is entirely different. This is a fear of the dentist that doesn’t go away after a minute or two. It’s not like you walk into the dental office for your appointment in a panic, and then you quickly calm down when you realize it’s for your own good.
No, dental anxiety is a genuine fear that stays with you, from the time you schedule your appointment to the time you walk out after the appointment is over. Perhaps even then, it doesn’t subside. That’s because you know in several months, you’ll just have to do it all over again.
So how do you overcome it? It’d be great if we could solve our problems by simply ignoring them. But that’s not how it works. To overcome your fears of dental care, you have to first understand where your anxiety is coming from.
That’s what our team at Brar Dentistry is helping you explore today! We can help you face your dental anxiety demons so you can move forward without stress or fear!
Understanding The Why Of Dental Anxiety
Ask anyone if they feel happy on their way to a dentist appointment, and most of them will say no. Going to the dentist is something we do because we know it’s in our best interest, but it’s not something we get excited about.
But ask anyone who has dental anxiety how they feel about dental appointments, and they won’t just say they wish they could skip them. They’ll likely tell you they usually end up cancelling them altogether. That’s the difference.
Here are some pretty common reasons why people have the kind of fear that makes them cancel their dental appointments:
Fear Of Judgment
If you’ve been out of the dental chair for years, chances are your absence has taken quite a toll on your oral health. So it makes sense that you’d feel very insecure about the state of your teeth and gums and fear a lecture from the dentist.
Most dental anxiety sufferers who stay away from the dentist know all too well the consequences to their oral health, so they don’t need to be kicked while they’re down. This is especially true if they’re trying to take a step in the right direction and finally visiting the dentist!
Fear Of Painful Treatment
On that same note, if you’ve let your oral health deteriorate because of your lack of dental care, you’re probably very afraid of what it might take to get it back on track. If you’re already scared of a routine cleaning and exam, you’re going to be quite fearful of longer, more complicated dental treatment.
Ghosts Of Past Dental Visits
If you had a traumatic dental appointment as a child, it’s going to stay with you. This is one of the most common reasons people have dental anxiety. As a child, you may have had a dentist that wasn’t so great with kids or you had a procedure that went wrong or was very painful. These memories are going to come rushing to the surface every time you walk into a dentist’s office.
Fear Of Surrendering Control
Most adults are used to being in charge on some level. It might be a position you hold at work, or as a parent at home, or maybe just that independence of living on your own and being in control of your day to day schedule.
At the dentist, however, you have to hand over that control, and this can be really uncomfortable for many people.
How To Overcome Your Dental Anxiety
You can overcome dental anxiety with help from our warm, caring staff and sedation options at Brar Dentistry! We understand how you feel and will do all we can to make you feel relaxed and comfortable while you’re here. We’ll do all we can to create a positive dental experience for you so that eventually, going to the dentist will just be another thing on the to-do list.