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3 Common Dental Fears – Which is the Scariest?

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Dental anxiety affects people all over the world. Approximately 15 percent of American adults have some degree of dentist phobia. Studies conducted in England have found that a dental visit causes more anxiety than a fear of spiders or snakes. When dental fear causes people to avoid getting routine exams, extensive dental disease becomes more likely. Poor oral health is associated with a number of medical problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Good oral hygiene can help fearful patients keep their mouths healthy, so they can spend less time focusing on these common dental fears:

  1. Fear of the unknown. Worries about pain, expense, or criticism may cause people to avoid going to the dentist until they are forced to by excruciating pain. Talking about dental anxiety with the dentist or office staff, and touring the facility before an appointment can help to alleviate dental fear.
  2. Sharp dental instruments. Dental drills are the causative factor in many cases of dentist phobia. Alternative technologies like air abrasion are available in some clinics. Other common instruments like probes don’t cause as much fear if the dentist explains how they are used before the exam begins.
  3. The whine of a drill or the sound of a suction tube. Since it’s virtually impossible for dentists to complete their work without making some noise, the best solution is to mask it. Listening to music through headphones or wearing earplugs helps many people tolerate treatment. Some dental offices even offer television or DVD entertainment in the treatment room to help distract patients.

If dental fear is causing poor oral health and conservative measures haven’t helped to reduce dental anxiety, consultation with a mental health professional for behavioral therapy or medication can be effective.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Clearwater, call Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater today at (727) 286-3945 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Clearwater. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater.

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