DENTAL ANXIETY AUSTIN
Did you know that roughly 15% of Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety? Dental anxiety isn’t just a fear of the dentist; you may be embarrassed about the state of your teeth, or you may not want to feel as though you will be lectured or pressured by a dentist. There are also those who feel anxiety about the costs involved, especially now, at a time when there is so much economic uncertainty. There is no reason to be embarrassed about having dental anxiety; millions suffer from it every day.
What’s important is to identify the source of your anxiety, and then to focus on your dental health. Dr. Tejas Patel and the staff at Lakeway Smiles understand that while your anxiety may be very real, so are your dental health needs. That’s why we take the time to address the condition of dental anxiety with each and every one of our patients who express their concerns, and why we will work closely with you if you want to overcome your fears.
Below, we’ll examine the common causes of dental anxiety, and what we do to address them.
Anxiety #1: Pain
Believe it or not, even the toughest people will shudder at the thought of dental pain. It’s no surprise, considering that it can strike at any moment, keep you from sleeping, cause headaches, and much more. While dental pain is often associated with a visit to the dentist, modern dentistry is far more advanced than it was even a decade ago in the area of pain management and sedation options. Whereas dentists of the past might have only had very rudimentary pain management medications and techniques, modern cosmetic and general dentists have worked very hard to take pain almost entirely out of the equation.
Anxiety #2: Judgment
Another cause for anxiety is the thought of being judged by a dentist or their staff. We all go through the same feeling whenever we visit the dentist, and we ask ourselves:
- Have we brushed enough?
- Will they know that we haven’t flossed?
- Is our breath pleasant or not?
- Does the dentist think that our dental problems are the result of our poor behaviors?
The truth is that dentists are caring people, just like any other medical professional. Dr. Patel is well aware that not every person has the right dental habits, or the right awareness of proper dental care. If that were the case, dentists would not be necessary. The fact that they are indicates that there are hundreds of millions of people who require dental care and services. People of all education levels, temperaments, and habits may require different levels of care, but they all require care regardless.
If anxiety over being judged for your dental health is holding you back from seeking care, then you should take a moment to contact Lakeway Smiles and find out just how we approach each of our patients. We take the time to understand your dental history, your personality, and what the best course of action will be for both your dental health and your comfort level. We are people, just like you, and we know that there are no perfect people in this world. Every day, we are all doing our very best, and we want to do our very best to get your dental health to where you want it to be.
Anxiety #3: Costs
Finally, costs can cause severe anxiety. Whether you’re an adult who’s putting your kids through college, or you are that kid in college and you’re on a tight budget, you may think that the slight discomfort that you feel now is worth avoiding the dentist and the costs involved.
What you may not know is that Lakeway Smiles makes it very easy, affordable, and practical to get the care that you need on a budget and payment plan that you can afford. We take a very realistic approach to our payment system, and understand that there are a lot of working families out there that need care, but which may not have a lot of money to put down on an initial payment. That’s why we also work with each patient individually to come to the right financial solution to fit within their budget.
Facing Anxiety Together
Suffering from dental anxiety doesn’t have to be something that you have to do alone. Let us provide you with information, consultations, and examinations that will help to alleviate some of the stress that you feel, better understand the care that you need and may receive, and embrace your dental health as a long term, practical goal that you can achieve. At Lakeway smiles, our staff is completely dedicated to being there for you.