Here at your Overland Park family dentist, we want all of our patients to enjoy and look forward to their time with us, but we also know that going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite thing. In fact, according to information from Colgate and the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, anywhere from 9-15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist due to dental anxiety. That’s as many as 30 to 40 million people. Meanwhile, in a survey conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation, 36% of people surveyed who didn’t see the dentist regularly cited anxiety as the primary reason.
Unfortunately, dental anxiety can have serious repercussions. People who avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety have a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay, not to mention poorer oral health overall. There’s even some evidence that poor dental health can lead to worse whole-body health, and even a reduced life expectancy. So if you suffer from dental anxiety, how do you overcome it? By learning more about what you can expect from a dental visit, and how to make your dental visits work for you.
Like all types of medicine, dental techniques have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, and there are now many quick, safe, and painless ways to handle all sorts of oral health concerns. Learning more about how dental procedures work can help calm dental anxiety and make you feel safer and more in control. It’s also important to find the right dentist for you. When you start looking for a dentist, don’t be ashamed of your anxiety. Let them know about your concerns, and find a dentist who will work with you patiently to help you feel comfortable. For the very anxious, there are also pharmacological options to help reduce stress, including nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.”
At your Overland Park dentist office, we want all of our patients to feel safe and relaxed. Going to the dentist can be a scary experience for some people, but at Watts Family Dental we make it our chief goal to ensure the comfort of all of our patients. Our hygienists listen to your concerns and questions, and go as slowly as you need to go in order to put you at ease. Most importantly, we do everything we can to avoid anything that could cause further anxiety. We’ll explain what’s going to happen before it happens, and always putting you, the patient, in control. If you need a break at any time, we’re happy to stop working for as long as you need to relax and regain your composure. Everyone at Watts Family Dental understands the very real difficulties that accompany dental anxiety, and we do everything we can to make your trip to the dentist as pleasant and stress-free as possible. After all, we’re here to help, and anything that makes you feel anxious isn’t going to make that job any easier, for you or for us.
So whether you suffer from dental anxiety or not, if you’re looking for a dentist that’s compassionate, professional, and ready to work with you no matter what your needs, then look no further than Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, Kansas. Our friendly staff will do everything that we can to make your visit as pleasant as possible, so that you can leave here smiling! If you’d like to make an appointment, or just talk to our staff about your dental concerns, you can call (913) 338-3384 or fill out our quick and easy online contact form today!