You are not alone. According to research, about 8% of Americans avoid dentists because of fear. In fact, some of them are not just simply scared to see a dentist. 20% have actually developed a phobia because of an unpleasant experience.
The painful consequences
Surprisingly, there are people who take certain measures just to avoid seeing a dentist. For instance, they only eat soft food to avoid chipping a tooth and needing dental care. These individuals are the type who have never had a dental checkup for so many years and as a result they experience toothaches and infections. They are also likely to have poor hygiene.
Furthermore, avoiding dental treatment has more far-reaching consequences. Some suffer low self-esteem because they are unhappy about how they their damaged teeth looks. Also, untreated oral conditions can lead to worse health complications.
Overcoming your fear of dentists
To ease your fears, find a Las Vegas dentist who is sensitive to your fears. At Vegas Smiles, we have a great doctor who specializes in working with phobic patients. Dr. William Gussow has been practicing dentistry for over two decades and has encountered plenty of patients who feel the same way as you do. Additionally, we have also have an amazing staff who can help make you feel comfortable. We can definitely guarantee that in our clinic, you are in good hands.
When you come in for a checkup, do not hesitate to talk to us and let us know about how you feel. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Together, we can explore all dental care options for your condition and don’t worry as we won’t force you into any treatment until you are ready.
Exploring sedation dentistry, Las Vegas
For phobic patients, we highly recommend sedation dentistry. You may have already heard of it and have hesitations about the procedure. We assure you that it is a completely safe and normal procedure. We’ve had patients who haven’t seen a dentist for five to 30 years and they love our sedation dentistry! We’re confident that you will too!
With sedation dentistry, hours will seem like minutes. You will have little to no memory of the sights, smells and sounds during the procedure. Recovery is also very quick. In just a day, you’ll be up on your feet and ready to go back to your daily routine.
If you are interested to learn more about our sedation dentistry and other services, please feel free to contact us at (702) 395-7200.