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Is Dental Fear Real?

Fear of a visit to the dentist may be more common than you think. Up to 1 in 5 Americans have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist, so if you find yourself a little nervous before your appointment you are far from alone. Degrees of dental anxiety vary in severity from mild concern to fully developed phobias, and that’s why Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery takes a focus on making you comfortable from the moment you walk into our offices.

Individual Attention

Over our 42 years of practice, we’ve found that the key to coping with most dental anxiety is understanding the cause. Some patients worry about their personal space, others are self-conscious about the shape or condition of their teeth. Still others are uncomfortable with the idea of dental tools in general.

All of these concerns are perfectly normal, and our team shares a wealth of experience in helping our patients overcome them. If you have anxiety about any aspect of your dental procedure, don’t be shy about sharing it with our compassionate staff. Once we have identified your specific concerns about a procedure, we can work with you to determine the best ways to minimize your discomfort and offer you effective treatment.

Patient Involvement

A big part of our effort to relieve our patients’ anxiety involves making sure you understand what’s happening every step of the way. Our staff can thoroughly explain every stage of the treatment process to you, using language everyone can easily understand, instead of obscure dental jargon.

Making you a part of the process can help relieve much dental-related anxiety and stress. One common strategy we use to help our patients move through the process smoothly is establishing a signal such as a raised hand that tells us when you want to immediately stop, whether it’s because you are in an uncomfortable position, feel the need to rinse your mouth, or just need a quick break.

A Caring Approach

At Innovative Oral Surgery, our Bucks County-based oral and maxillofacial surgeons do everything we can to provide dental care in a manner that makes you feel as safe as possible.

Dental anxiety is an extremely common issue, and if it’s real to you, it’s certainly real to us. Going to the dentist should never be a traumatic event, which is why our team has the expertise to give you the treatment you need with the empathy and reassurance you deserve. Contact our friendly representatives today to receive a free consultation.

Additional resources:

  1. Web MD, Easing Dental Fear in Adults,
  2. Mouth Healthy, Dental Anxiety: 3 Ways to Stop Fearing the Dentist,