It’s essential that you visit your dentist for checkups at least twice a year. Otherwise, potentially devastating oral conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile.
But visiting the dentist doesn’t just protect your smile–it could also save your life. For example, your dentist provides early screening for oral cancer. Also, if gum disease is allowed to progress without intervention, it can lead to several serious medical conditions, including:
People who don’t get regular dental checkups are playing Russian roulette with their health. But a significant percentage of the population suffers from conditions known as dental anxiety and dental phobia, which makes going to the dentist extremely difficult.
According to Peter Milgrom, who wrote the book Treating Fearful Dental Patients, dental anxiety and dental phobia are more prevalent than many people realize. Milgrom says that between 5 and 8 percent of Americans never see a dentist due to dental phobia and dental anxiety and an addition 20 percent only go to the dentist when they absolutely have to.
The two phenomena are related, but dental phobia is more intense than dental anxiety. With dental anxiety, the patient feels a “sense of uneasiness about an upcoming dental appointments.” But someone who struggles with dental phobia is “panic-stricken about an upcoming dental appointment.”
Dentists should work to create a warm and relaxed environment for all their patients, especially the ones who might be struggling with dental anxiety or dental phobia. These techniques can help dentists provide an atmosphere that will reduce stress:
Patients may choose to employ the services of a mental health professional to counteract the effects of dental anxiety. They have several strategies for combating these conditions.
There are also relaxation techniques which can be very helpful. One of the easiest and most effective ways to offset anxiety is through simple breathing exercise. Here’s an example.
At Assure a Smile, Dr. Herrmann offers a holistic approach to dentistry. He strives to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for all our patients.
Give us a call to learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants. Your new smile is waiting for you.
Dr. Theodore Herrmann
9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 5PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM