The Difference between Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

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Do you ever find yourself feeling anxious about an upcoming dental appointment? If that is the case, you are definitely not alone! In fact, 30 million to 40 million Americans experience fear or anxiety when visiting their oral health provider. This means you are in good company.

Fortunately, Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith and our caring team have a lot of experience helping patients overcome dental anxiety. Our staff has experience helping our patients have the most pleasant experience possible.

Now, people often use the terms dental anxiety and dental phobia interchangeably, but really they aren’t the same thing.

#1 Dental Anxiety: people who experience a kind of general anxiety may feel an underlying sense of uneasiness before they come in for treatment. It is not unusual to have exaggerated worries about the procedure. Unfortunately, this makes their time in the chair unnecessarily stressful.

#2 Dental Phobia: if you have dental phobia, things amp up a bit. You might experience such intense dread and fear that feel panicky. Patients experiencing this level of fear often just avoid getting needed treatment or even just the regular maintenance that would prevent gum disease and tooth decay from arising. If you are letting dental phobia control your smile, your oral health and self-esteem can suffer.

What does this mean for you? No matter which type of fear and anxiety you are prone to, whether it is trouble breathing when your dental team is working on you, or just having trouble sleeping the night before a visit, please let our team know before you come in. We won’t judge you, and we will work with you to help you experience a sense of control over your experience in the chair.

We invite you to give our Oconee Dental, PC team in Watkinsville, Georgia a call at 706-769-1659 before your next treatment and we can discuss the ways you can ensure the most pleasant experience possible. Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith and our team want to give you the smile you deserve in the most positive way possible!