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Managing Your Dental Phobia

It may not surprise you to learn that dental phobias and anxieties are extremely common. In fact, between 10-15% of Americans will avoid seeing the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Those who suffer from fear and anxiety regarding the dentist may experience early tooth loss and have an increased risk of gum disease. Dental anxiety can have an emotional cost as well. For example, if you don’t take proper care of your teeth, they may become discolored or damaged, leading to self-consciousness and insecurity.

Tips On Overcoming Your Fear Of the Dentist

Below are a few ways to ease your anxiety and make dentist appointments easier to deal with:

  • Let Us Know – Here at Balota Family Dentistry, your comfort is important to us. Please let us know if you have any fears and anxieties, so that we may be able to help you feel more at ease.
  • Educate Yourself – Fear of the unknown can greatly contribute to dental anxiety. By making sure you know everything you can about your treatment or your procedure, you can ease your anxiety. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have or use our website as a resource.
  • Distraction –We recommend bringing a set of headphones and listening to your favorite soothing music or even a book on tape. Focusing on something other than your anxiety can be a big help.
  • Consider Sedation – At Balota Family Dentistry, we have a few different sedation options to choose from depending on the procedure you’re having done and your level of anxiety. If you’re interested in sedation therapy, let us know, and we’ll help you decide which option is right for you.

Don’t let your anxiety prevent you from seeking the dental care you may need. The longer you wait, the more painful and invasive the treatments may become. To make an appointment here at Balota Family Dentistry, please contact our Colorado Springs, Colorado dental office today.

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