Dental Anxiety and Fear

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Dental Anxiety and Fear 

Because fear of dental appointments is a common cause of anxiety, our staff makes every effort to reduce anxiety, allay fears, and alleviate discomfort.  Your child's comfort, relaxation, and happiness are our top priority.

Some of the most common dental fears include:

  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of the dentist
  • Fear of injections
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with anesthetic
  • Fear of the hand piece (or the drill)
  • Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth
  • Fear of gagging
  • Fear of loss of control

How can you help your child overcome dental anxiety?

It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit a dental office because they are too afraid.  However, receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important to your child's future dental health and overall health because many health issues exhibit oral symptoms and may be first discovered by a dentist.  In addition, it is the easiest way to reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Let us know – Talk with our staff if you have any concerns about your child's appointment.  It is our top priority to make all reasonable efforts to reduce fear, anxiety, and discomfort.

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises.  Listening to calming music throughout the appointment can help to reduce anxiety.

Ask about alternatives – We offer several safe anesthetics to reduce pain and anxiety during routine appointments.

If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office 517-393-8500.

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Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI

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