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Addressing Dental Anxiety

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While some people are comfortable with, and even look forward to their dental visits, there are some who may feel anxious, or even fearful about an upcoming dental appointment. Fear of the dentist can be a feeling of anxiety or a dental phobia.

There are different reasons why people are uncomfortable, or even afraid when it comes to the dentist. Some people may feel like they have no control over the situation once they are in the chair. Others may not have teeth that are in the best condition, and may be embarrassed to have someone look into their mouth. Some people may be concerned about personal space and may not be comfortable with someone so close to them, or with someone else’s hands in their mouth. Those who had have negative or painful dental experiences in the past may feel apprehensive about future appointments.

Many people suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, and Dr. Vera Matshkalyan understands that. When you come in for your visit, take a few minutes to talk with the doctor and her staff about your concerns. We’ll be happy to work with you to make sure that your visit is as comfortable as possible. It may involve taking the the time to explain your procedure to you in greater detail, arranging a signal in case you need a break during your appointment, or discussing some minor sedation techniques.

It is important that you and your dentist work together to overcome your fears, since your regular appointments are key in making sure that your smile remains healthy. Without your routine cleanings and exams, your risk for gum disease and tooth loss increases.

If you would like to schedule an appointment at Kingston Family Dental in Kingston, New Hampshire, contact us today at 603-347-1327. We look forward to seeing you soon!