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If you think you may be the only one afraid of the dentist’s office, guess again. It is estimated that anywhere from 9% to 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear and anxiety. This fear can be expressed in many ways, from strictly never going to the dentist to having trouble sleeping the night before appointments.

The patient may be embarrassed by the state of their teeth, but unfortunately avoiding the dentist is only exacerbating the problem. Those with a phobia for the dentist’s office will need to seek counseling, as such phobias are hard to overcome. Anxiety, however, can be confronted and reduced, and the ADA has a list of things you can do to help you reduce your fear of the dentist.

Strategies to help ease the anxiety.

As in most stressful situations talking things over with a friend or confidant before you go to the dentist may help. Talking with the dentist about these fears is one of the ADA recommendations, as is trying some relaxation techniques like visualizing being somewhere peaceful.

Pinpointing the actual source of anxiety may help too. Is it really the fear of pain or is it the fear of a needle? Some people do feel uncomfortable because of the closeness of the dentist or hygienist and discussing these fears in an open way with these professionals can only help.

Sedation Dentistry in Staten Island

If your anxiety has not decreased with these methods, there is another option that can be discussed with the Top Rated Dentists in Staten Island. Sedation dentistry has been offered by Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio to help those with this anxiety return to full dental health. Please contact the office for more information.