Dental Phobia

More than 50% of the population does not visit a dentist and 10% of these avoid an office visit because of fear of dental procedures. The effects of avoiding dental care can be devastating not only to your physical well-being but also to your social life and work environment. Strong healthy decay free teeth contribute to a happy healthy lifestyle.

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.