Overcoming Dental Phobia

Hayward CA Sedation DentistsDental phobia, or a fear of going to the dentist, is a very real condition with very real consequences. While you may be able to avoid other things that you are scared of, like spiders or heights, avoiding the dentist is simply not an option if you want to protect your health. As many as 15% of Americans experience some form of dental anxiety, or dental phobia. You may experience a racing heart or sweaty palms in the waiting room or you may suffer from a paralyzing fear of sitting in a dental chair. While dental anxiety (or dental phobia) does exist, it should never keep you from going to the dentist.

Many dental practices, such as Cosmetic Dentistry of Hayward, have adopted ways to make patients feel relaxed and at ease during their dental procedures. From warm blankets and headphones to advanced comfort injection technology, there are available methods to lower your anxiety in the dental office. However, one of the most surefire ways to combat your dental fear is to elect for sedation dentistry. Nitrous Oxide (or laughing gas) is safe for all ages. It is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas that is gently inhaled through a nosepiece. This form of sedation allows you to remain awake and conscious during your dental treatments, yet in a state of blissful relaxation and comfort. After your procedure, the effects of nitrous oxide do not linger and you can safely drive yourself home.

What Causes Dental Phobia?

Understanding what is causing your dental phobia can also help you overcome your fear. It could be a simple environmental factor such as the smell of latex or the sound of a drill that triggers your anxiety. Your dental fear could also be traced back to your childhood experiences at the dentist or the way your parents approached dental care. Common reasons for dental phobia include:

  • Fear of choking (gag reflux)
  • Fear of diagnosis
  • Fear of the drill
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of future dental work
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of feeling powerless

Regardless of your level of anxiety or your reason for dental fear, our staff is here to help you at Cosmetic Dentistry of Hayward. We value you comfort above all else because we know that it is an important factor in whether or not you choose to come in for treatment. Never be embarrassed to disclose your dental fear – we promise that we will not take it personal. Many of our patients choose sedation dentistry during the most basic procedures, including their routine cleanings. Sedation dentistry can help you receive the dental care that your smile and body needs to stay healthy.