If you are afraid of the dentist, you are likely constantly looking for ways to avoid going to the dentist, even for the simplest dental check-ups. The fear is not something that can just be ignored, and it can negatively affect your oral health because of the infrequency of your trips to the dentist. Oftentimes, nervous patients only go to the dentist when it is absolutely necessary – during those times when dental problems have already become complicated.
What makes you afraid of the dentist? One of the most common reasons for dental fear stems from previous negative experiences with other dentists, who may have been unsympathetic or uncaring to you. There is that fear that the same bad experience will be repeated, even with a new dentist. Bad feedback from other patients may also contribute to your apprehensions about going to a certain dentist, and can aggravate your fear that you will experience the same.
Dental fear can also be the result of being afraid of pain itself. If you have a low pain threshold, you will not welcome the idea of coming face to face with an injection, the dental drill, or a surgical procedure such as an implant treatment. The fear or being embarrassed or being out of control during the procedure can also make a patient nervous about getting the treatment they need. At the Dental Implant Group, we offer conscious sedation so you can have a more comfortable experience with your dental treatment.