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A New Approach to Dentistry for Dentophobics

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Dental fears aren’t all that uncommon. For millions of people in the United States and around the globe, a trip to the dentist can cause them to literally come unraveled. Some individuals are plagued with a sense of uneasiness or nervous energy, while others have a more severe reaction, such as shortness of breath, panic attacks, and absolute terror. Dental fears and anxieties can cause many individuals to neglect their dental care, which can cost them their smile and their health over the long term. For this reason, many dental experts are taking a new approach to dentistry by creating an environment and an experience that delivers all the necessary dental care services in a manner that is nothing like a traditional trip to the dentist.

Dentophobia and odontophobia simply mean fear of the dentist. For those who suffer from dental fears, going to the dentist is one of the worst things they can imagine. According to family dentistry experts, dentophobics experiences such severe fight-or-flight responses that it’s impossible for them to even sit in a dentist’s chair. While they may have no control over such extreme dental fears, it is important that they overcome them because of the heavy toll they take on dental health and overall well-being. Many family dentistry experts have developed ways to treat even the most frightened patients, so if you suffer from dental fears, find a gentle, affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit to help you overcome your anxiety.

Solutions for dental fears and phobias.

Some dentists are turning their dental offices into “dental spas,” offering such services as sedation dentistry or general anesthesia. The environment is designed to be relaxing and calm, like a spa, where dentophobics can have their dental fears eased and feel safe.

A dentist in New York specializes in treating those who suffer from sever dental fears and phobias. Some of his patients have fears that go back to a traumatic childhood dentist experience, a past discomfort, such as difficulty breathing during dental treatment, or a previous dental procedure that went awry. Many dentophobics go years between dental appointments, so when they do go to the dentist, their check-ups are usually more extensive, which heightens their dental fears.

A study out of Sweden found that the following coping practices are the most beneficial in dealing with dental fears and phobias:

  • Distraction – Tell yourself a story, play a mental game with yourself, or count
  • Meditation – Pray, chant, or find other ways take your mind off the experience
  • Distance Distance yourself from the treatment by imagining the pain is a different, more palatable sensation
  • Self-efficacy – Find inner strength by speaking encouraging words to yourself
  • Optimism – Tell yourself that everything is going to be fine

Practice prevention to truly minimize your fear. If you always practice good dental care, including having twice-yearly check-ups with your dentist in Downtown Detroit, the less you’ll fear your dental appointments.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, 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 Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue. 

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