Did you know that an estimated 75% of U.S. adults avoid seeing the dentist or oral surgeon because of dental fear and anxiety? Dental anxiety, also called odontophobia, is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. Though not all people with dental anxiety have an extreme phobia, patients who suffer from dental anxiety are often extremely nervous to go to the dentist or oral surgeon for surgical procedures, or even routine care and check-ups. This can cause people to put off treatment until they are are pain – making invasive procedures mandatory, which ultimately reinforces their fear of dentistry.
Ways to Brave Tooth Extractions:
Choosing to address your dental fears of having necessary teeth extractions can help your overall oral care. Below are 10 things to help reassure patients to help overcome dental anxiety of teeth extractions:
- Remember they are common procedures.
- Visualize success of your procedure.
- Avoidance Can Worsen Your Health so act sooner than later
- Minimal Discomfort using nearly painless anesthesia
- Availability of safely delivered sedation
- Extractions are Quicker Appointments than other oral surgery procedures
- Easier to make appointments if in discomfort
- Successful Post-Op Tips are provided for a quick and smooth recovery.
- Swift (often 1-3 day) Recovery Time
- Temporary Discomfort from Fear is Less Painful Than Long-Term Tooth Pain.
Dental fear cause many to avoid simple tooth extractions and prolong their dental pain.
However, since dental anxiety is common, so are the ways to manage it. Remember, oral surgeons and dentists care about their patients and their healing success. If you are experiencing dental fear about oral surgery procedures or dental extractions, please let us know during your consultation so we can help you to ease your concerns.