No Worries: Facing Your Dental Fears

Many people suffer with intense fears over going to the dentist. It’s not uncommon that they’ll allow a dental issue to get to a point where much more extensive work ends up being necessary. Unfortunately, a vicious cycle of oral health woes begins as a result of this way of living. Perhaps a more routine procedure would have sufficed with diligent visits to the dentist. Now, faced with a host of recommendations to get their smile back in healthy, attractive, working order, the patient with fear over going to the dentist develops even more anxiety. Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, will talk about how for some patients, fear of going to the dentist is so crippling that it qualifies as a full-blown phobia.

Dental Anxieties

To put it simply, anxiety is less emotionally and physically debilitating than a phobia. That is not to say that the feelings you experience when you are anxious are not real and upsetting. People with dental anxiety may have had a bad experience with a dentist in the past, or may just have an overactive imagination stemming from fears of the unknown. Finding a dentist with a gentle bedside manner who takes the time to answer your questions, connect with you, and put your fears at ease, might be all you need to start taking control of your dental care.

Dental Phobias

People that struggle with dental phobias have such an extreme and intense fear of the dentist, it can be downright crippling. The level of anxiety is so acute in someone with an actual dental phobia that they may just as soon let all of their teeth fall out then go to the dentist for a checkup, let alone a more invasive and involved procedure such as root canal treatments, dental veneers, or placement of a dental implant. Unfortunately, tooth loss will become a real possibility if someone is not getting the plaque and tartar build-up cleaned off their teeth at regular six month checkups. Once your teeth are deemed a healthy foundation, cosmetic procedures can be tackled.

Visit Your Lake Forest Dentist

Talk to your Lake Forest dentist about your dental concerns by visiting our 60045 dentist office. Call (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment.

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States  

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