A study published by Peter Milgrom, the Director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic in Seattle, Washington confirms, “An estimated 20% of Americans experience enough anxiety that they will go to the dentist only when absolutely necessary” (Sine, “WebMD.com”, 2012).
So, what is the fear behind going to the dentist? Many patients may have had a negative experience with a dental professional in the past. Thus, they come to associate pain (shots, drilling, fillings) with going to the dentist. Our of fear of re-experiencing this negative emotion, they avoid necessary routine dental care. Lack of control also significantly contributes to an individual’s dental phobia.
How can we help patients face and overcome this pervasive anxiety? Our first
suggestion is express your concerns with us, so we may address it with you. With open communication, we can ease your anxiety and secure a relationship founded on trust. Dental Arts Group is here to make your experience as pleasant and as pain-free as possible. Our approach towards dentistry is one centered around patient-satisfaction, so your happiness is of immense importance to us!
To view what drives us as dental professionals, please refer to our Mission Statement and Story!
Sine, Richard, and Alfred Wyatt. “Don’t Fear the Dentist.” WebMD.com. WebMD, 1 Mar. 2012. Web. 16 Apr. 2016.