This time of year, the excitement of Halloween has us focused on all things scary, which means it’s a good time to think about fear and what it does to us.
Fear is a natural response to danger that’s meant to keep us safe, right?
But sometimes, fear can have the opposite effect, keeping you from doing things that are actually good for you.
That’s exactly what happens when you let dental fear get the best of you, so today, your friends at West Valley Dental are going to help you face it so you can overcome it once and for all and restore your healthy smile!
To Overcome Dental Fear, You First Have To Face It!
Getting over your dental fear has to start with understanding where your fear comes from in the first place.
That way you can take steps to address your anxiety head on with help from our compassionate team. So let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of dental anxiety:
*Fear Of Being Out Of Control*
If we’re anxious about something we’ve never experienced before, it’s only natural that we have a tendency to assume the worst.
Being scared of dental treatment because you’re not the one in control is a common reason people avoid the dentist, which is why we’re always careful about giving you the time you need to feel comfortable about your treatment plan and the procedure itself.
*Fear Of Being Judged*
Lack of routine dental care will leave your mouth unhealthy, and because of that, it’s hard for many patients to go back to the dentist to face the music. You’re afraid you’ll be judged, lectured, or shamed about your teeth and gums.
You never have to worry about that from our caring team! We’re happy when fearful patients finally take that first step toward better oral health and are here to make you feel safe and supported.
*Fear Of Repeating Bad Dental Experiences From Your Past*
When you were a child, maybe you had a cavity, and your dentist at the time just didn’t have a very gentle hand or use an effective numbing technique when you got the dental filling. If that was a painful, scary experience, it’s completely understandable why you wouldn’t want to return to the dentist ever again!
But the truth is, dentistry has advanced so much so quickly, procedures are far more efficient and comfortable than they ever were in the past. When you experience them in our Renton practice, you can slowly begin to let go of this fear.
*Fear That Other People’s Bad Experiences Will Happen To You*
Some people just aren’t that good at comforting those around them. You might know someone who thinks they’re helping by telling you about their own traumatic dental experience, but all it does is make you feel more anxious and feed that fear that you’ll experience the same thing.
Experience Stress-Free Appointments With Dental Sedation!
We don’t want you to feel tense when you’re here. We want you to feel at ease, as if you were in the comfort of your own home.
So we offer amenities to maximize your comfort, such as:
- Blankets so you can feel cozy and warm
- Soft pillows to help support your neck and head
- Headphones to let soothing music distract you
- Keurig coffee for you to enjoy while you’re here
- Dental sedation options to help you relax
You can choose laughing gas if you just need a little something to take the edge off. It will help you ease back in the dental chair in just minutes so you’re not bothered about treatment or your surroundings.
If you have more intense dental fear, you can ask about our oral sedation in pill form. It’s taken before your appointment so that by the time your procedure begins, you’ll feel deeply calm and relaxed.
Reclaim Your Dental Health!
It’s easier to get beyond dental anxiety when you trust a practice that’s dedicated to your comfort. That’s what you can expect from our patient-focused care in Renton, WA.
We will make sure you have everything you need to feel calm and relaxed so your appointments are comfortable and stress-free.
Soon, you can reclaim control over your own dental health and have the bright, beautiful smile you deserve!