Have you ever been so afraid of something that you would literally do anything you could to avoid it? If you suffer from dental anxiety, you know exactly what I am talking about. That sheer panic that sets in at the thought of having to go to the dental office. This is a very real problem for many people. Dr. Patel knows the challenges that face those who suffer from dental anxiety, and together with his staff in our Panama City, FL office, we are working to help those with this dental fear. Relieving your dental anxiety will help you get and keep a healthy smile.
You’re Not Alone
The first thing you need to know about your dental anxiety is that you are not alone. In fact, there is the equivalent of a large city of people just like you walking around our country suffering from the same fear. To put it in perspective, the New York City metro area has more than 20 million people – about 5 million people fewer than the lowest estimates for people with dental anxiety. The scary part is that these aren’t people who are afraid to go to the dentist but still go. These are people who will not go to the dentist no matter what is going on with their smile.
So where did all of these people get this kind of fear? Well, for more than two-thirds of them, their dental fear is blamed on a painful past experience. This means that at some point, they had a bad experience at the dentist office. Most of the time, it was a painful experience. The pain can be for any number of reasons. Maybe the dentist didn’t listen when they said it hurt, or he used a technique that is no longer in use because of the pain it caused. Regardless of the reason, it is our job to help you get past it and get the care you need.
Get A Plan
To find the relief you are looking for, you need to have a plan to get past your dental fear. Here are some steps you can take to get the relief you need.
Step #1 – The first step in fixing any problem is realizing there is one. You need to acknowledge that there is a problem. Once you have done that, you need to figure out where your dental anxiety came from. What was going on when it started? What was your dentist doing? Try to get as much information as possible regarding why you started fearing the dentist. This can be harder than it sounds. You may need to ask your parents if they remember where your dental fear came from. No matter how you do it, just figure it out. Once you have, you will be ready to move on to the next step.
Step #2 – Find someone to talk to about your dental fear. Don’t go and talk to someone else who has the same kind of fear you have. This is like an alcoholic going to a bartender to be his sponsor; it won’t do either of you any good. Instead, find a friend who has a good outlook on dental care, someone who attends their appointments and has been attending the same dentist for a long time. You might even think about talking to Dr. Patel regarding your dental anxiety. You can tell him about your dental background and see if he can shed any light on what happened to you. You might find that what caused your fear in the past is not even in practice anymore. Things change fast in the world of dentistry.
Step #3 – After you have talked to someone you know or to Dr. Patel, it is time for you make your dental appointment. This is a very real step toward recovery. It will be hard, but it has to be done. Call us at our Panama City, FL office and schedule yourself for a dental exam and cleaning with Dr. Patel. Then you can move to step #4.
Step #4 – GO TO YOUR APPOINTMENT!!! We need to make sure you understand – you have to go to the appointment. The only way to truly beat your fear is to face your fear. You will be welcomed into a friendly, relaxing environment that is geared toward helping you be comfortable in the dental office. Dr. Patel will help you have a good experience so you can see there is no fear to face after all.