If a visit to your dentist is always a white-knuckle experience, you’re not alone. Studies show that between 10 and 40 % of the population experience some degree of dental anxiety. Feeling anxious about your dental appointment is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not your fault, and it’s not punishment from the tooth fairy. Fear of the dentist can range from a sense of uneasiness and butterflies-in the-stomach to a diagnosed mental health issue known as dental phobia. People who have dental phobia aren’t merely anxious, they’re terrified or panic-stricken. Whether mild or extreme, dental anxiety or phobia can cause those who experience it to put off routine oral health care and end up with gum disease, tooth loss and other dental problems. As well, growing evidence shows a possible link between gum disease and a variety of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and respiratory disorders.
Why so anxious?
One of the most common reasons for avoiding the dentist is the fear of pain. This usually stems from a previous bad experience. The fear can be intensified by listening to dental horror stories told by family and friends. Everybody has an Aunt Jane or Uncle Bill who love to tell tales about how their experience was worse than anybody else’s, so you build up your own fears based on their experiences. Some people are also uncomfortable with the physical nearness of the dentist or hygienist, especially if they’re embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth or poor oral hygiene. Feelings of helplessness and lack of control in the dental chair can also be factors. Dr. Jaleel wants to ensure you and your family have a positive experience at the Fairlawn Dental Clinic. Read what some of our patients are saying about our dental service. Our Testimonials page is here to settle some of those nerves.
Discuss your concerns and fears with Dr. Jaleel and the rest of the team. We will work with you to determine what type of help you need. Do you need sedation or just some hand-holding? If your child has anxieties, it’s important to give Dr. Jaleel the heads-up before the appointment so our team can properly prepare for it. There are a number of different things we can do to create a more comfortable environment for the child. Call us today to about how we can help manage your children’s fear of the dentist.
Set yourself up for success
Book your appointments at a time when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure (weekends or at the end of the work day, for example). If the appointment is for your child, schedule it for a time when he or she is well-rested and, therefore, a little bit more comfortable.
Find the right dental home
Looking for a dentist in Ottawa? Call our office and ask for a “meet and-greet.” We will be happy to offer you and your children a tour of our facility. We want to make sure you feel comfortable in the clinic and at ease in the dental environment. Read more about the introductory tour we offer in our Children section. We really hope to hear from you soon.
2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1
Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3
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