Lions and Tigers and … Dentists?

Are you afraid of the dentist? You are far from alone. In fact, in a recent study conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation, respondents chose dentists as their number one fear above common phobias like spiders, snakes, or flying. Between nine and 15 percent of Americans are said to experience dental fear, and March’s Adult Dental Health Survey revealed that about 50 percent of Americans, women in particular, experience moderate to extreme dental anxiety.

Listing the Biggest Fears

In the British study, 1,004 people were given a list of common fears and asked what made them the most nervous. Along with going to the dentist, the list included heights, flying, needles, doctors, snakes, and spiders. Over 20 percent of people rated dentists as their top fear. The only fear chosen more than dentists, statistically speaking, was heights. Only two percent of people stated that they feared their doctors. Specific triggers for dental fear included having teeth drilled (30 percent of people chose this) and having a local anesthetic injection (28 percent).

Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Dentist

While spiders or snakes can, potentially, cause harm to people, your dentist is here to help, and to protect your dental and systemic health. Dr. James DeFinnis offers safe IV sedation dentistry that can relax you and calm your fear. He understands dental anxiety and fear and has the training and qualifications to provide IV sedation. Dr. DeFinnis will also explain each treatment thoroughly to put your mind at ease. You can feel secure seeking treatment from Back Mountain Dental.

Don’t fear the dentist! Call our Trucksville, PA, dental practice today at 570-763-4360. Dr. DeFinnis provides general and sedation dentistry for patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and surrounding cities.

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