Options for Comfortable Dental Visits
If you don’t like dental visits you’re not alone—over 60% of people say that they have some degree of dental fear or apprehension. Dentistry has made incredible advances in making dental visits more comfortable. We have better anesthetics, “Wand” syringeless delivery systems, dental lasers, and nitrous oxide gas. We are even one of the fewer than 2% of general dentists in the State of Illinois to be able to “put people asleep” using pill or IV dental sedation.
Your comfort is our prime concern so please let us know how we can help. We have over 30 years of experience in keeping people comfortable!
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Dental Phobia, Dental Sedation, and “High Fear” Patients
It is estimated that 10-15% of the population is “dental phobic,” and are so fearful of receiving dental treatment that they avoid dental care at all costs. I’ve had some patients say their fear is “paralyzing” and report taking weeks to gain the courage to visit or even make their appointment. Some need friends to escort them in, and even are tearful in the chair on their first visit.
Often the fear is not rational with no previous bad experience reported. Others have had traumatic experiences that they cannot ever forget.
Other factors—severe gagging, inability to tolerate conventional anesthetics, “hard to numb,” rude staff or dentist, medically compromised, mental handicapped (such as Autism or Down’s Syndrome adults), embarrassment, and the list (unfortunately) goes on. The fear often doesn’t “make sense.” We usually tell patients to never feel embarrassed or shamed—we’re experts in handling this.