If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, you first need to realize that you are not alone. This is a prevalent issue keeping potential patients away from the dentist. The difficulty with this is that there is no single action a dentist can take to alleviate these feelings. Instead, a dentist like Dr. Sanjay Dhir and the team at Dhir Dentistry in San Diego, California, work to create an environment and experience that is as comfortable as possible. It is amazing how one positive experience with a dentist can completely change a person’s outlook on a dental appointment.
Here are some common reasons why you may fear your dental visit.
The most common reason for dental fear is that people fear pain. And this is a two-pronged issue. First, if anybody has had a past painful dental experience that is etched in memory, they are far less likely to return to the dentist. Secondly, this pain created an anticipation of future discomfort, which plays into the reason for skipping the next scheduled appointment.
Being laid back in a dental chair can be construed as an ultimate loss of control by those who wish to stay away from a dental office. This fear can sometimes be overcome by asking your dentist to adjust the chair (if possible) or provide extra support for more comfort.
Whether it is a past experience that was painful or if you have heard of a family member who had a procedure go wrong, hearing of a questionable dental history (be it yours or somebody else’s) is all somebody needs to stay at home if they are already questioning visiting a dentist. This is a more common issue than you might think, considering the deciding factor here is not always their own dental history but can be somebody else’s. All it takes for some is one horror story about a dental office experience to keep one away.
Dr. Dhir will listen to your concerns and worries and develop a treatment plan to put you at ease and ensure your dental experience is as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible.