Professional dental care is an integral part of maintaining a healthy mouth. This care includes regular cleanings and exams as well as any treatments needed to address oral health issues that might arise. For some patients, the thought of going to the dentist, even for a regular cleaning and exam, can be a major source of anxiety. At Oregon Periodontics, P.C., we can help.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety, as well as dental fear or a dental phobia, is quite common. Approximately 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist for these reasons. While anxiety and fear are often used interchangeably, they are two different things. Dental anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness. Anxious patients often have exaggerated or unfounded fears regarding the idea of dental treatment. A phobia, on the other hand, is intense fear. Those with phobias may be completely terrified or stricken with panic. While those with anxiety might be able to make it to the office for treatment, even though they feel exceptionally nervous, those with a phobia may do anything they can to avoid going in the first place.
What Causes Dental Anxieties and Phobias?
There are several different issues that can cause anxiety or phobias.
Tips for Dealing With Dental Anxiety
There are a few different ways in which your anxiety can be dealt with so that you can get the treatments that you need when you need them. These include such things as:
If anxiety is keeping you from getting the dental care you need, we can help. Call Oregon Periodontics, P.C. today to learn more at (503) 575-7750.
8:00 AM–5:00 PM
11786 Southwest Barnes Rd Suite 210
Portland, OR 97225
Office: (503) 575-7750
Fax: (503) 531-3560
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