Psst. Are you scared of the dentist? Does the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair send chills down your spine? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache rather than the sound of the drill? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re not alone. Actually, you’re in good company. Lots of good company. A survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists found that 80 percent of adult Americans fear dentists. More than half of those admit that this fear prevents them from seeing a dentist. And approximately five to 10 percent of adult Americans have dental phobia, a condition that stops them from having any dental treatment regardless of the consequences. At Sleep Dentists in Plantation, FL, Drs. Weiss, Waldee, and Hohimer understand your dental phobia or dental anxiety, and they and their staff can help you relax or even sleep through much needed dental care.
Dental Phobia and You
Dental phobia and dental anxiety are commonly used interchangeably. They are, however, two different conditions. People with dental anxiety may have unreasonable worries about seeing the dentist, but they’ll manage to get themselves to appointments. On the other hand, dental phobia is a mental disorder that can cause people to be genuinely terrified of the dentist. For some, the fear is so great they may never see the dentist. The consequences, unfortunately, can be damaging to a person’s oral health as well as general health. People with dental phobia are more likely to develop gum disease and suffer from early tooth loss. Damaged and discolored teeth may keep people from smiling, and they may even be reluctant to fully open their mouths when they speak. Consequently, their personal and professional lives may be compromised.
Dental phobia may also indirectly lead to poorer general health, too. Research shows that the condition of your oral health may be related to bodily ailments. In specific, the bacteria that cause gum disease can migrate through the bloodstream and may lead to stroke, hypertension, heart disease and lung infections.
Overcome Dental Phobia
At Sleep Dentists, our team will help you overcome dental phobia, so you can have the dental treatment you need. We’ll assess your fears and help you choose the kind of relaxation or sleep treatment that is best for you.
Schedule an Appointment today
To learn more about how Sleep Dentist can help you conquer dental phobia, call our office for an appointment. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.