How is Dental Anxiety Affecting Your Smile?

April 15, 2016

If you have been putting off getting much needed dental work done because of anxiety, you are in good company. Many people feel anxiety when thinking about receiving dental treatment, and unfortunately this can negatively affect their oral health. Putting off teeth cleanings can invite tooth decay and gum disease which can lead to serious dental issues which can be costly and invasive down the road.

Causes of Dental Anxiety

–Anxiety about the side effects of anesthesia.

–Fear of not being in control while sitting through a procedure.

–Fear of feeling vulnerable and helpless.

–Fear of experiencing pain, either from a past negative experience or from hearing others share their stories of negative experiences.

–Fear of receiving injections or that the injection won’t work.

At Crossroads Dental, Dr. Carol Halloran and her team understand that sometimes we need to be directly involved in reducing dental anxiety in our patients. We invite you to let us know that you are feeling anxious so we can help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.

We are happy to discuss ways we can help you ease your tension, including explaining what will happen to you during the procedure so that you can know in advance what to expect. You can also work out a signal with our team, such as raising your arm to alert us that you need us to pause for a moment. Whether it is to catch your breath or rinse your mouth, we want to reduce your unease.

At the dental practice of Dr. Carol Halloran, we believe you deserve the best care we have to offer while having a positive experience. So, if you have been delaying treatment because of dental anxiety, we invite you to give us a call and let us help you restore your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment please call our caring Crossroads Dental team Waterloo, Iowa at [phone] today.