Does your heart race when you think about going to the dentist?
You’re not alone. Dental anxiety is common. According to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, an estimated 9 to 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s about 30 to 40 million people.
But anxiety is not a reason to put off your oral health care. Avoiding the dentist can ultimately lead to serious dental issues and poor overall health.
Whether it’s the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, the smell of the office, or the entire experience that causes you stress, we understand and can help. We want you to feel at ease during your dental visit.
Learn tips that can help. You’re welcome to bring your own iPod or smartphone with headset to your appointment, and we have pillows and blankets available to make you more comfortable.
The most important thing? Communicate. Be sure to let our staff and your dentist know that you are anxious so they can help you relax.
To find one of our compassionate dentists near you, go to our dental directory, where you can view video profiles and find a dentist who’s right for you. With four of our dentists making the 2011 Top Dentists list in September’s issue of Portland Monthly, there has never been a better time to overcome your fear and take care of your teeth.
Learn more about our Dental Program.
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