Dental anxiety and phobia are actually fairly common. In fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental-related fear. At Smith Family Dental, we offer several solutions to help you feel at ease during your treatment. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. We encourage you to contact us at 801-266-4427 to make an appointment with Dr. Morgan Smith and learn how we can help you manage your dental anxiety and phobias in Murray, Utah.
Dental anxieties and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, from mild to moderate feelings of worry and apprehension to specific and debilitating fears about upcoming procedures. Dental phobia is even more intense, often causing a sensation of overwhelming, irrational fear. In some cases, anxiety and fear can cause individuals to avoid all dental work, risking their oral and overall health.
Regardless of the level of your anxiety, our dentists can help you. We are committed to making your visit to Smith Family Dental as easy, quick, and comfortable as possible.
Here are a few things you can do to help reduce your anxiety:
- Letting our dentists and team know that you are afraid, and what you are afraid of, is a great way to reduce your anxiety. We can make special arrangements if we know about your dental fears, and we will ensure that you are kept informed and understand what is happening and why.
- Calming techniques. Practicing controlled breathing or finding distractions in the room often helps people stay calm during their appointments.
- Listening to music. We allow the use of personal headphones during most procedures. This can give you something else to focus on, and will help block out any anxiety-producing sounds during your treatment.
- Sedation dentistry. Our dentists offer several types of sedation dentistry to help you feel at ease. Please contact our office for more information.
- Taking breaks. If you need a break during your treatment, simply signal us with your left hand and we will pause for a few moments.
Your oral health has a significant impact on the health of your entire body. Please do not allow fear to prevent you from receiving the care you need. Please contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you manage your dental anxieties and phobias and schedule a consultation with our caring dental professionals.