What is dental phobia

According to the American Dental Association, close to 15% of all Americans are living with such severe dental phobia that they aren’t even willing to consider taking advantage of the most basic, baseline preventative dental care – even though they understand how important it is to do so.

Sadly, this impacts their lives in so many different ways (almost exclusively in a negative way, too). These individuals are at much higher risk for significant tooth decay, serious gum disease, and other issues with their dental health that will inevitably require invasive dental treatments – exactly the kinds of treatments those with dental phobia are afraid of in the first place.

Here at Benicia Oral Surgery, we understand exactly how common these issues are, how real the fear and anxiety can be, and that many individuals are desperate for help. Our Benicia Oral Surgery professionals have been widely praised for their ability to take advantage of anesthesia and sedation solutions to get around these dental phobia issues almost entirely.

What Exactly Is a Dental Phobia?

Dental phobia is described as a significant type of anxiety that revolves almost exclusively around the negative thoughts and fears that even the word “dentist” can conjure.

The ADA says that as many as 75% of all Americans have at least some anxiety about visiting the dentist. Millions have severe enough anxiety that it can be technically classified as a phobia, and millions more get incredibly upset about the thought of taking advantage of safe and standard procedures that would otherwise protect them – so much so that they do not seek out this help and inevitably need to leverage more invasive and fear-inducing solutions later down the line.

Why Are Dental Phobias So Common?

For a good chunk of the history of this field of medicine, a visit to the dentist’s office was inevitably and intrinsically linked to feelings of pain.

Before major medical advances and modern technological solutions decreased the amount of pain these kinds of procedures involved it wasn’t at all uncommon for people to get nervous about the giant, glittering tools, the uncomfortable chair, and the “drilling” of teeth – so much so that they couldn’t even consider putting themselves through these situations to begin with.

Can Anesthesia Really Help Conquer Dental Phobias?

Thankfully, with the help of modern anesthesia and sedation solutions dental phobia issues are on the decline.

Here at Benicia Oral Surgery, the surgeons and dental experts providing service are able to recommend a whole host of different solutions – including full-on sedation and “knockout” procedures – that can help those with even the most crippling anxiety get through invasive procedures with no fear or worry whatsoever.

How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Sedation Solutions?

If you’d like to discover the types of anesthesia or sedation solutions that might be best for your specific needs, it’s a good idea to contact our Benicia Oral Surgery offices at your earliest opportunity.

You’ll be able to speak to one of our dental professionals about the options available, about the fears and phobias you may be contending with, and to schedule an appointment to learn, firsthand, how the Benicia Oral Surgery experts will navigate this situation delicately and respectfully.

To learn more about the options available from Benicia Oral Surgery, contact us today.

 

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