Does Anxiety Keep You From The Dentist?

Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental health issues in the United States. These disorders manifest in a variety of forms, including persistent, overwhelming feelings of worry, panic attacks, and even specific phobias. Each of us could easily name something that scares us, such as spiders or heights. The level of fear or terror present with anxiety disorders can vary wildly from person to person.

Facts About Anxiety Disorders

  • In the United States, over 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders
  • Genetic, personality, life experience, and brain chemistry all contribute to anxiety
  • Women are more likely to have specific phobias than men
  • 19 million people in the United States suffer from phobic anxiety

Treatment and Prognosis

Many people who suffer from anxiety disorders improve with treatment. Treatment methods differ among the types of anxiety disorders, but often they include medication and diverse forms of psychotherapy. After seeking professional help, many patients report significant improvement in their conditions.

Dental Phobia

Dental phobia is common throughout the United States. Many patients fear the dentist and ultimately prolong necessary checkups or dental procedures due to their anxiety. Dr. James DeFinnis is experienced with patients who have dental fears and is sympathetic to their concerns. Clients with dental phobias often experience anxiety when they encounter the sounds, smells, and sensations in the dental chair.  Dr. DeFinnis strives to accommodate his patients and ease their fears with sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

Due to the growing concerns among dentists that patients with dental phobia avoid treatment, sedation dentistry has become more commonplace. Dr. DeFinnis provides sedation options to ease the fears of his patients. The most popular is IV-Sedation. This type gives the client freedom from anxious feelings while still being partially conscious. Dr. DeFinnis holds special licensure for IV Sedation. Don’t let anxiety keep you from optimum oral health, contact us at (570) 763-4360. We are happy to serve clients in Back Mountain, Wilkes-Barre, Trucksville, and Scranton.

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