Dental anxiety is incredibly common in America and throughout the world. Some studies have estimated that 9%-15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist solely because of fear and dental anxiety. One survey completed by the British Dental Health Foundation found that a whopping 36% of people who did not visit the dentist regularly did not because of fear.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
While the words fear and anxiety are often used interchangeably, there are differences between the two. People who experience dental phobia experience serious uneasiness when thinking about the dentist or even scheduling an appointment. Their fears are unfounded and exaggerated. Dental phobia is even more serious than dental anxiety, as sufferers experience fear and dread. This can leave them terrified of sitting down in the chair for a routine cleaning or a filling.
Those who have dental phobia are at an increased risk of early tooth loss and gum disease as a result. Those two side effects are compounded by the emotional effects of not visiting the dentist often enough. Discolored, missing and damaged teeth make people feel insecure and self-conscious. If you are experiencing dental phobia or dental anxiety, OneSource Dental can welcome you.
Our staff members all go above and beyond to welcome every patient to OneSource Dental of South Tampa. We believe that everyone deserves quality dental care, whether they are afraid to be in the chair or excited for a cleaning. We always want to make you comfortable. If you have an item that would make you feel more comfortable or another tip that would help us to ensure a smooth dentist visit, we are always open to seeing how we can accommodate you.
Conscious Sedation (Anxiolysis)
At OneSource Dental of South Tampa, we also offer conscious sedation. Sedation dentistry allows us to offer you the same high-quality dental treatments in a safe and comfortable fashion, even if you are coping with dental anxiety or phobia. Anxiolysis is the most mild form of sedation dentistry, and you will remain awake or feel very drowsy during the procedure. You will recover within a few hours of the sedation and be back to normal.
OneSource Dental Can Treat Patients with Dental Anxiety
OneSource Dental of South Tampa can treat any patient, whether they are suffering from dental anxiety or not. We care about helping you reach optimal oral health. If you would like to speak to a dental ambassador, we can even connect you with one of our patients. They will be happy to share their experiences from our office! To schedule your exam or learn more about ways to care for your gums, give us a call today at (813) 879-9299. We look forward to keeping your smile bright and healthy!