How Common is Dental Anxiety?

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If you’ve ever experienced fear or anxiety about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. According to data from WebMD, between nine and 20 percent of Americans have some form of dental anxiety or phobia. Having some fear of going to the dentist may be more common than you would imagine, but for many, dental anxiety is very real and prevents individuals from getting the treatment they need. This degree of dental fear can negatively affect both oral and overall health.

Our dentists at Wood Creek Dental understand the apprehension many people feel about seeing the dentist. That’s why we take every measure we can to provide each patient with a relaxing, comfortable, and stress-free environment in our practice. On top of that, we also offer the option of sedation dentistry for patients who need more intervention in order to receive their dental treatment “worry-free.”

Dental anxiety and fear come in many forms and in varying levels for each individual. Our dentists will listen without judgment and work with you to understand the root cause of your fear. Our dentists realize that dental anxiety and phobia can be the result of:

  • Memories from a past trauma or bad experience at a previous dental office
  • Having a bad gag reflex
  • Having highly sensitive teeth
  • Anticipation of needing complicated or lengthy treatment
  • A fear of pain

At our Greenville location, we can offer the simple comfort of nitrous gas for the mildly anxious or the alternative of IV sedation for those with a higher level of anxiety. IV sedation is also a great option for those patients simply desiring to combine multiple treatments into one single appointment. In our model of IV sedation, we work with skilled anesthesia professionals who administer and manage the anesthesia throughout the procedure. This enables our doctors to fully focus on your dental treatment and care, while insuring your optimal comfort and safety.

While sedation is an option available for every patient who needs it and who has been medically determined to be a candidate, our standard of care is to provide a safe, comfortable and trusting environment that puts all of our patients at ease. Each of our patients can expect:

  • Caring and compassionate doctors & staff
  • Headphones with your favorite music
  • Blankets and pillows as needed

If you would like to learn more about the sedation dentistry that we offer at Wood Creek Dental, please call our Greenville office today at 864-288-5300 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly provide quality dental care to those who live in and near the areas of Greenville and Landrum, South Carolina.


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