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Combatting dental anxiety

For some people, going to the dentist is not at the top of their list of things they look forward to. And while we wish this was not the case, we understand various levels of comfort in the dental chair and even that some people may experience dentophobia.

In fact, over 35 percent of Americans have fears of dental procedures, and 12 percent have what is categorized as extreme fear.

Read on for more on what this is and how to address it.

What is dentophobia?

Simply put, dental phobia is a fear of going to the dentist. Those with this phobia get anxious when a dentist appointment is on the horizon and when they are at the dentist. This could be due to a past experience that may have been negative or a feeling of lack of control.

Regardless, there are ways to help be more comfortable at the dentist. And Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help!

Easing your mind

There are many options that can help ease your mind and lessen anxiety leading up to and at the dentist.

First, you can always listen to music while in your chair. We welcome the use of headphones or earbuds. Relaxing music can help create a sense of emotional balance.

We also recommend guided imagery, that is, watching videos of others having dental treatments so you know what to expect and feel more in tune with various treatments.

Deep breathing and meditation, as well as the use of a stress relief ball can also be beneficial. And for others, hypnotherapy and acupuncture may work well.

And finally, we offer sedation dentistry options for those who wish to pursue this avenue. An appointment with us will determine which is the best option for you.

Gentle Dentistry in Birmingham, MI

Dr. Milan and his staff take the highest level of care when it comes to making our patients be and feel comfortable throughout their appointment.

We understand that everyone has a different level of comfort at the dentist, and as such, we take a customized approach to your treatment. Rest assured that we always welcome your feedback and will do whatever possible to make your appointment enjoyable.

If you’re searching for gentle dentistry in metro Detroit or would like to explore the height of dental care in the state, we invite you to call us today for your appointment. We look forward to providing you with exceptional service!

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