Avoiding dental treatment can have serious ramifications. Decayed and broken teeth decrease the ability to properly chew and digest food. Untreated gum disease can result in bad breath, tooth loss and an unaesthetic appearance, which can ultimately affect your self-confidence.
Dental fear can often be traced to adverse childhood experiences in the dental office. This anxiety is often carried to subsequent dental visits resulting in avoidance of dental treatment altogether.
Common signs of dental phobia include:
- Avoidance of treatment even with extreme pain.
- Frequently canceling or postponing appointments.
- Sweaty palms and feeling of helplessness.
A visit to our office for an informal chat regarding your fears and concerns can be the start of a long lasting relationship based on trust and confidence.