Do You Have Dental Phobia?

Woman With Dental PhobiaNot in our office you don’t!

The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it. The good thing about it is that today, we can treat fear as successfully as we treat damaged or infected teeth.

Over six million people experience some degree of anxiety when they visit the dentist. Two million dental patients are just plain scared, so scared that they suffer shaking, confusion, heart palpitations, and changes in speech and blood pressure just thinking about dental treatment.

Thanks to many dedicated researchers, we’ve learned a lot about what causes fear. And we’ve got the antidotes. Finally, despite what nervous friends or relatives may have told you, dentistry is just not the same as it used to be. And we can prove it.

If you have a Dental Phobia…

If you, or someone you care about, needs help in coping with dental fear, we’ve got some suggestions :

  • Come into the office with someone you trust—your mother, a close friend, or even your Teddy. You’ll feel more secure.
  • Make an early appointment—that way you won’t spend the whole day worrying about your visit.
  • Think Positive. Think about an experience you thought might have been unpleasant, but turned out okay—and hold that thought.
  • Don’t tell everyone you’re going to the dentist. Fear is contagious and some people just love to pass it on.
  • Share your fears with your dental team. We have some very effective treatment techniques. Besides, we love to talk!
  • Don’t be a hero. This is not a good time to be macho about even the slightest discomfort.
  • Relax. Your emotions affect your pain threshold. We’ll help.

About Tom Massarat, DDS, MS

Tom Massarat DDS, MS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Massarat received his Certificate in Endodontics from Northwestern University in 1992. He also received his Dental Degree and Advanced General Dentistry Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Massarat is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Endodontists (AAE), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS) and American Board of Endodontists (ABE). He is also an advisor for the Experdent and Summit Study Groups. He has lectured extensively on many aspect of endodontics.


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