Dental One Associates of Dunwoody
5901-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30328

Overcoming Your Dental Fears

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In a survey conducted by the British Health Foundation, more than 35 percent of people reported avoiding the dentist due to intense dental fears or phobia of the dentist. In the U.S., it is estimated that approximately 15 percent of adults skip routine dental care visits because of extreme anxiety and fear. While dental fears are common, visiting the dentist on a routine basis is essential to your health. Avoiding routine visits to the dentist can lead to unnecessary disease and emotional distress. Understanding your dental fears and taking steps to conquer them can be imperative to your long-term health and quality of life. 

It is important to understand the difference between anxiety and dental fear. Dental anxiety is a sensation of discomfort and uncertainty that usually begins at the time of your dentist appointment. Dental fear, or phobia, however, is a serious condition that can cause someone to feel panic and terror.

People with dental phobia are at greater risk of dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. These individuals may also deal with emotional burdens, such feeling insecure about smiling, laughing, or even speaking. Damaged or discolored teeth can cause people to limit their social interactions simply because their dental fears keep them from getting professional dental care.  Dental phobia is difficult to overcome and you should seek help to address it.

Poor oral health can be an indicator of certain life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease. Many times, people with dental phobia experience a lower life expectancy and are more susceptible to poor health outcomes.

Symptoms of dental fear or phobia include:

  • Feeling physically ill at the mere thought of a dental appointment
  • Difficulty sleeping or feeling tension the night before a visit to the family dentistry office
  • Increasing nervousness while in the dentist’s waiting room
  • Anxiety when seeing dental instruments, a dentist, or a dental hygienist
  • Difficulty breathing or feeling panic during your dentist appointment

The thought of going to the dentist should not cause you to feel panic. If you suffer from dental fears or phobia, you should seek help from a compassionate, affordable dentist in Atlanta.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Dunwoody today at (404) 381-1490 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Dunwoody, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Dunwoody. 

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