When you are faced with an oral health issue, getting treatment right away is essential. Without prompt treatment, these issues often only continue to grow worse, compromising your oral and overall health, and leading to the need for more invasive treatments later on. However, there are some individuals who panic at the thought of getting dental treatment. Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley is here to help so that you can get the treatments you need to restore your oral health.
What Exactly Is Dental Anxiety?
Feeling anxiety, or even fear, over the thought of dental treatments is quite common, with up to about 15% of Americans citing these as reasons for avoiding going to the dentist. While anxiety and phobia are often used interchangeably, these two terms are completely different things. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may have unfounded, or exaggerated fears at the thought of undergoing treatment. With anxiety, you may be able to get to the office for treatment, but you may feel very nervous, and may also have trouble sitting still. A phobia, on the other hand, is an intense fear that can leave you panic-stricken. You may find yourself doing everything you can to avoid going to the dentist for treatment.
Causes of Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia
Dental anxiety and phobia can be caused by any one of several different things.
What Can I Do?
We understand that dental anxiety, and phobias, can make you hesitant to get necessary treatments, or even try to avoid them altogether. There are a few things that you can do to help ease your feelings, which can then enable you to get your necessary procedures done.
If the thought of undergoing dental treatments sends you into a panic, we are here to help. For more information, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley today at (805) 328-2180.
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