Are Women More Prone to Dental Phobia or Just More Honest?

Canadian researchers polled 1000 people and found that 5.5% claim to be scared of the dentist. Of the responses, women were2.5 more likely to be scared. Or at least, that’s what they said…

The experts who held the survey wonder if the response was skewed because women tend to be more honest and open about their feelings. Most big, strong men often don’t like to admit they’re scared. It’s the way of the world.

So it’s hard to tell how many people really have dental phobia. In addition to the female/male issue, we can factor in the embarrassment that some people feel over their fear. They may think that others will judge them; that being scared is silly or immature; or that it’s simply no one’s business.

The truth is, many people, men and women, avoid the dental care they desperately need for good oral and overall health. As a sedation dentist, I understand the reality of dental fear, phobia, stress, and anxiety. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental. And I want to make you feel good about visiting my office. You deserve a healthy smile and peace of mind during dental appointments.

For fearful patients, I usually recommend IV sedation dentistry, if it’s appropriate. With IV sedation, you won’t feel pain, fear, or even the sounds, sights, and smells of the dental office. Instead, you can rest comfortably during your dental procedures and wake up with better oral health and a more beautiful smile. I bring an experienced, certified nurse anesthetist to administer IV sedation in my dental office, so you will be well cared for and closely monitored at all times.

If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, let’s talk. You can call or email me, or, if you feel comfortable, make an appointment to meet in my comfortable office (not my operatory). I sincerely respect your concerns and would welcome the opportunity to show you a new, comfortable, peaceful approach to dental care.

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