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Dental Phobia You’re Not Alone

We want patients to know they won’t be shamed or embarrassed if it’s been a while. We simply want to help keep their health in check.

Putting of routine dental visits leads to serious consequences. These consequences include gum disease, lost teeth, and infection, to name a few. When you see the dentist for regular cleanings, they not only clean your teeth, but they check for future problems. In turn, these check-ups keep your dental costs down before problems get worse and more expensive. What’s more is that dental infections have a negative impact on your overall health, since everything you eat has to pass through your mouth. These infections lead to systematic inflammation and weaken overall health, if not treated.

Recently, dentistry has made leaps and bounds in techniques to make patients comfortable. Our office utilizes something called sedation dentistry to help patients overcome their dental phobia. As an exceptional team of gentle family dentists in Lincoln, NE, we can even help you enjoy your time here!

Patients with dental anxiety often feel embarrassed about their condition. I tell patients that this is a very common condition, and there are several reasons why people are phobic about visiting the dentist. It may be something as simple as the clinical smell of a dental practice that puts people off or a previous bad experience that has scarred an individual for life. Below are a few reasons that may explain why you are phobic about visiting the dentist. Rest assured that you are not alone, there are millions of people that suffer from dental phobia. Most importantly, you should never feel embarrassed about any degree of your dental anxiety.

Dr. Burbach discussing treatment options with a patient who had dental phobia.
Offering a full explanation of the procedures involved
Explaining how the process will be carried out step by step often helps to alleviate fears, or giving you the opportunity to ask questions will relieve that fear of the unknown. I will explain everything in a non-technical, easy-to-understand language.
Asking patients not be embarrassed
Our office is an embarrassment-free zone. Even if you feel embarrassed or concerned about the state of your teeth, you can share your concerns and fears with me. The most important thing is that you are taking a step in the right direction, and I’m glad to help you become a healthier you.
Offering relaxation and distraction techniques
I offer distraction and relaxation techniques such as relaxing music, movies, TV, and scented candles to mask any clinical smells. We also offer a form of a sedation dentistry, if you have trouble overcoming your dental phobia.
Using a gentle injection technique
Before giving an injection, I will apply a numbing gel (topical anesthetic) to your gums. I will give the injection slowly, which will reduce the pressure and discomfort. I will talk to you while giving the injection to distract you from the anxiety of having an injection and to make sure you do not have discomfort.
Patient using a dental phobia remedy also commonly known as sedation dentistry..

Conclusion

There may be one or several reasons for your dental phobia, but the first step you can take in overcoming your dental anxiety is to recognize it. Know there are compassionate, caring, sensitive, and friendly family dentists like me that want to help you.

My team and I take great pride in helping nervous patients with a dental phobia and dental anxiety. We’ll take the time to understand your concerns, so we can help you and meet your dental needs. When a patient comes in with a dental phobia, it brings us joy to help them overcome their fear and become a more confident patient at every dental visit!

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