If you suffer from an intense fear of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Dentophobia – fear of the dentist – is a very common condition. It makes sense. Your teeth are incredibly sensitive parts of your body, and if you’re suffering from intense tooth pain, the thought of someone poking and prodding at your teeth is enough to send chills down your spine.
There are also other reasons many people are afraid to go to the dentist.
- Fear of losing control: During a dental appointment, there will likely be some form of conscious sedation. This is a great thing for many people, but for others, it comes with the fear of losing consciousness. There is also the fact that their speech will be restricted and they’ll be expected to hold still. While in both cases the loss of control is minimal and it is highly unlikely that you will lose consciousness, it’s still enough for many people to avoid seeing their dentist.
- Fear of being overwhelmed: Dental appointments are full of noises, smells, and tastes that you don’t experience on a daily basis. This can be overwhelming for a lot of people.
Fortunately, there are many Rigby dental clinics that can help alleviate your fears so you can get that much-needed dental work done.
Shop Around for Different Rigby Dental Clinics
You can do a lot of this online. Most Rigby dental clinics have websites that provide images of their office. The atmosphere of the clinic you are in can play a big role in your levels of anxiety. You want to find a dental clinic with a relaxing atmosphere.
Get a Consultation
Most dentists are happy to consult with you prior to your appointment. Don’t feel any shame about discussing your fears with your dentist. He or she is well-aware that many people find dental work to be stressful.
A good dentist will be compassionate about your issues and offer ways of alleviating your fears.
Ask to See Your Dentist’s Credentials
Knowing that your Rigby dentist has the education and experience it takes for a smooth, successful dental procedure will go a long way in alleviating your anxieties.
Again, there’s no shame in asking for these. Don’t feel like it’s rude – most dentists are proud to show off their credentials. After all, they put in a lot of time and work into achieving them.
How Our Rigby Dental Office Can Help
Cedar Creek Dental understands that fear of the dentist is a very real issue for many people. That’s why we offer the following benefits FREE with your visit:
- Warm Hand-Wax
- Warming Blankets
- Chair Massage
- Conscious Sedation
All of these will go a long way in alleviating your anxiety and helping you relax.
Dr. Mikesell has also been practicing dental in Rigby since 2005. With plenty of education and experience in the field, you can count on him for a smooth and successful dental appointment.
When finished, we’ll send you off with a tasty sorbet of a flavor of your choice.