Everyone is unique, no doubt about it, but people who are scared of the dentist tend to fall into one of three categories. Knowing which category you fit into will help your sedation dentist determine how to customize your visits to reduce or eliminate your anxiety. The level of your fear does not reflect the reality of your stress. What you feel is real, valid, and should be addressed as such.
- Extremely Phobic: I feel intense anxiety or fear when anyone in the dental office touches my mouth. Even X-rays and exams make me extremely uncomfortable.
- Very Phobic: I feel very anxious when the doctor examines my mouth. I don’t mind getting X-rays.
- Moderately Phobic: I don’t mind X-rays and exams, but dental procedures make me completely stress out.
If you’re not certain which profile best describes you, I’ll be happy to discuss your concerns, experiences, and feelings so that we can determine the type of visits that are right for you. We can talk via email or telephone if you prefer not to come into the office. Or, if you’d feel comfortable talking to me in my office, across a desk, just one on one, schedule an in-person consultation.
I’m Dr. James DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental, and my sedation dentistry office provides IV sedation for patients from Trucksville, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and surrounding communities. It’s a new year, and you deserve a healthy smile in 2011. Call today to reserve your visit, and let’s find a way to make you smile.