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Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

3 Common Dental Fears and How We Address Them

July 15, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Zaner
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When was the last time you went for your dental appointment feeling calm and confident? Have you ever approached a visit to the dentist with anything other than fear and apprehension?

It’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of Americans have anxiety that makes them want to avoid the dentist. Dental phobia is a more severe form of anxiety that leads to feelings of panic. Phobic patients typically do everything to avoid the dentist including waiting until they’re in severe pain to finally pick up the phone to make an appointment.

Obviously, neither is a pleasant way to live. But as your top dentist in Gaithersburg, Lakeforest Dental Associates has found ways to address some of the most common reasons for anxiety.

Fear of Pain

Nobody likes pain or even discomfort, and what they like even less is the idea that they might feel something during the procedure. That is why we take steps to ensure your mouth is entirely numb such as waiting for the local anesthetic to take effect fully. How do we know when it’s done its job? Because we ask you!

Fear of Injections

We understand that nobody likes needles. But dentists today learn techniques for making the process as comfortable as possible including recommending nitrous oxide to help calm your nerves.

Fear of Loss of Control

Trust is a significant part of any professional relationship. After all, you’re sitting in a dental chair with a light shining in your face surrounded by people who treat your mouth like it’s public property. Is there a more vulnerable feeling? We respect your desire to be an active part of your treatment, so we always ask our patients to use a hand signal to let us know if they want us to stop for any reason.

Please Call to Learn More

Tired of living with poor oral health because of your dental anxiety? Please call us to arrange an appointment to learn how Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner can ensure your comfort and provide you with a stress-free dental visit!

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