For most people, feeling a loss of control is a hot button issue. That feeling may be especially heightened while sitting in a dental chair - sitting face up with a light shining down on you while surrounded by dental instruments is enough to make anyone feel helpless. In fact, even though only about 50 percent of the American population sees a dentist regularly, about 85 percent of those who do admit to feeling at least some dental phobia, dental fear or dental anxiety.
Fortunately, The Dental Button system puts control back into your hands! With The Dental Button, all you have to do is press a button if you're uncomfortable and the drill will stop. This way, you can sit up and take a sip of water, take a deep breath, rinse your mouth or simply take a minute to regain your composure. It sounds simple, but it works. Patients who've used The Dental Button say that they felt a reduction in dental anxiety by 50-80 percent!
Ending the Cycle of Dental Phobia
Whether someone has dental phobia, dental fear, dental anxiety or fear of dentist visits, most people react the same way -- by skipping out on regular dental visits. This is the start of a negative cycle that can be hard to break. Many people feel riddled by guilt for avoiding the dentist. Worse, it could mean that you endure pain for longer than you have to. It can also result in dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, root canal infection and oral cancer escalating to levels that are costly and complicated to treat.
So where does dental phobia come from? Many dental professionals and psychologists agree that dental fear usually stems from a bad experience or negative conditioning at an early age. For example, if you started seeing a dentist during a time when dental anesthesia and open communication were the exception and not the rule, you may have developed a fear of dentist visits. Or if at a young age your parents talked about their own dental anxiety in front of you or warned you that visits "might hurt," you may equate dental visits with pain.
But dentistry has come a long way. Laser dentistry has made dental treatments like root canals, gum disease treatment and even a tooth filling more comfortable and less time-consuming for patients. Sedation dentistry offers a wide range of possibilities for anxious patients, including conscious sedation, which helps patients feel relaxed without going under.
Dentists today also recognize the importance of patient-dentist communication. Many dentists emphasize building friendly, long-lasting relationships with patients and taking the time to explain dental treatments. More and more dental offices are also providing comforting amenities like pillows and blankets, headphones, movies and toys for kids to create a cozy, home-like atmosphere. Dental spas go the extra mile, offering everything from paraffin hand treatments and warm face cloths to manicures, pedicures and even massages!