Do you find yourself pacing or fidgeting when you’re in the dentist’s office waiting room? Does the sound of a drill behind a closed door make you jumpy? Do you dread hearing phrases like “filling,” “root canal,” or “wisdom teeth removal”? You’re not alone. A lot of people have a fear of dentist visits, even if it’s to the friendly offices at Parkcrest Dental Group.
But why? Where did this all-too-common phobia come from? Is there anything we can do to ease it? In this entry of our Parkcrest Dental Group blog, we’re going to look a little deeper into why people fear their essential dentist visits.
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A Fear of Pain
The idea that every dental procedure is painful, at Parkcrest Dental Group or anywhere else, is an old and persistent cliché. This perception is so old, in fact, that its origins date back before many of the dental advances that now make many procedures less painful. While not all discomfort has been eliminated across the board, the jokes about agonizing tooth extractions we see on TV or in movies are long past their use-by date.
Fear Based on Past Experience
That’s not to say that some procedures don’t cause pain or discomfort. For some people, their fear is based more on fact. For anyone who has had to have a number of extractions or a more invasive procedure, their anxiety may be based on a past experience.
This is especially true if someone had a painful dentist’s visit as a child. The problem here is that the longer you put off returning, the worse the problems and your anxiety will become.
Talking to a professional at Parkcrest Dental Group about fears you have is a great way to alleviate them since they can explain the way dentistry has changed since your phobia-inducing incident.
Worrying About Long-Term Treatment
Some people worry that they will need lengthy and expensive treatment. This is a difficult one to address in broad terms since everyone’s situation is different, but there’s one common factor in every case: your teeth are important. If you do end up requiring long-term or multiple treatments, it’s ultimately for your own health and comfort.
Visit Parkcrest Dental Group for General Dentistry and More
At Parkcrest Dental Group, we do everything we can to make sure any and all patients we see are comfortable during their visit. We understand that some people may be nervous, and we can help put you at ease for orthodontic treatment, cosmetic dentistry or pediatric dentistry. Contact us about any of our general dentistry services today.