Advancements in dental technology and sedation dentistry 一 and even an increase in gentle dentistry practices 一 hasn’t changed the rate of general dental anxiety in the past 50 years. So what causes some people to be wary of going to the dentist?
Once bitten, twice shy is the old saying that comes to mind. Whether it happens in childhood or later in life, one bad experience in the dental chair can make people think twice about ever going back.
A particularly difficult experience can manifest fears of specific aspects of dental treatment. In a study published by the National Institutes of Health, many patients with dental anxiety (or the more extreme version, dental phobia) reported being fearful of the dentist drill — even just seeing the drill can give some patients the heebie jeebies. (They weren’t happy about seeing anaesthetic needles, either.)
No matter how gentle the dental practitioner may be, some patients are extremely uncomfortable having someone in close proximity who is “in control” of them. The patient may feel trapped, which can trigger a flight response. This anxiety may stem from a traumatic event, like childhood abuse, which can make it difficult for those patients to trust their practitioners.
Boger Dental has created a whole-person approach to helping patients like you. From the moment you set your appointment, we work together with you to find the best solutions regarding your dental care and oral health.
During your first visit, a Boger Patient Advocate will be with you in a calm space where you can help us get to know you and your concerns. We listen to you, and we help you understand your options.
From comfortable seating to soothing music and noise-cancelling headphones, we offer many ways to help keep you comfortable throughout each appointment.
If you find the thought of physical discomfort to be particularly distressing, consider Boger’s dental sedation options. Through inhalation, oral medication, or IV sedation, we can help you find a safe way to enter a relaxed state and experience painless dentistry. Your well being is our number one priority.
We’re confident that we can help you have a positive dental experience — just like we did for patient Kaitlin:
“The staff at Boger are very attentive and caring, and go out of their way to make you comfortable. Like a lot people, I used to really dread going to the dentist, but I've had such positive experiences at Boger, that I don't sweat it anymore.”