When an oral health issue arises, it is important that you seek treatment right away to prevent the issue from becoming worse. As these issues grow worse, you could be faced with more severe complications and the need for more invasive, expensive treatments later. However, if the thought of undergoing dental treatment fills you with dread, you might avoid getting the treatments you need. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we can help.
Anxiety, even phobia, over the thought of going to the dentist and undergoing dental treatment is a common issue that keeps many people from getting the treatments they need to restore and protect their oral health. Anxiety and phobia are often used interchangeably, but they are terms for two different situations. Anxiety is an unfounded, exaggerated feeling of fear about getting the treatment done. Many people with anxiety might still go to the dentist, but they might be tense or be unable to sit still. If you have a dental phobia, on the other hand, you might feel extreme panic or intense fear at the thought of going to the dentist. With a phobia, you often do everything you can to avoid going to the dentist.
What Causes Dental Anxiety?
There are several different reasons that can lead to dental anxiety. Common causes include:
How Can I Deal With Dental Anxiety?
If you feel anxious about dental treatments, or even have a dental phobia, it can be difficult to get the necessary dental work done. You might even avoid dental care altogether. We want to help you take good care of your mouth but understand that dealing with anxiety can be tough. There are some things that you can do, and ways that we can help you, to get your necessary treatments done:
Dental anxiety can keep you from getting your necessary dental treatments done. Fortunately, there is a help. Call Pacific Modern Dentistry today at (206) 607-9822 for more information.