You might think the idea of not going to the dentist sounds odd, or impossible! But it’s estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of people have an exaggerated fear of going to the dentist. And so they don’t!
Fear of going to the dentist is an actual phobia
It comes in about third most common on the list of phobias, after fear of spiders and fear of heights. It has been shown that twice as many women as men have dental phobias, but that statistic may be due to the fact that women are more likely to express their fears. And dental phobia tends to most strongly impact sufferers in middle age.
Of course, if you go out of your way to avoid spiders and heights, you can probably live a fairly normal life. And you won’t be putting your health at risk. On the other hand, people who avoid going to the dentist can have socially unacceptable, painful teeth and gums. But more importantly, they can be putting themselves at risk for diseases — and even early death.
Your dentist understands
People have lots of valid reasons for not visiting their dentist, in addition to phobia. At Advanced Dental Arts, you won’t be judged or get a lecture about the importance of dental care if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a dentist. But no matter the reason, it’s crucial to your teeth, gums and overall health that you do visit us.
We can get your dental care back on track
Depending on how long it’s been, when you do come back to the dentist, you may find it’s easier than you remember. Modern technology and techniques have made everything — from x-rays and cleanings to fillings and repairs – quicker, quieter and less painful. And for our most fearful patients, sedation dentistry can transform their dental experience.
Start by giving us a call
We can talk about what you can expect and how we can make good dental health possible for you again. Make an appointment today: 847-223-5200.