Don’t Be Afraid of The Dentist

Halloween and the month of October leading up to it are a time when we “play with” the idea of being scared. Some people like watching horror movies because they get to control when, how, and how much they feel scared by the unfolding story. Dentist

But if you’re afraid – really afraid – of something necessary like trips to the dentist, it’s a good idea to tackle that fear head on. Dental anxiety can be complex and spring from a variety of sources. And you don’t have to face this fear alone – your dentist and his or her team are ready to help you feel more at ease when it’s time for your regular exam and cleaning.

One reason it’s crucial to not put off visits due to dental anxiety is because if you’re not visiting a dental hygienist for cleanings on a regular basis, your teeth may suffer decay, and you may develop cavities, gum disease and other conditions. If your hygienist and dentist can catch your dental issues early during routine visits, fixing them may involve less invasive treatments and cost less.

Dentists now recommend that children come in for their first office visits when the first tooth erupts and no later than a year old, so the child can become familiar with the environment and the pediatric dental treatment team. If your family didn’t take you to regular dental visits as a child, or you stopped going to the dentist as an adult, now is the time to give your local cosmetic dentist a chance to work with you and help you overcome your dental anxiety.

At Dr. Carol Ford’s cosmetic dentistry practice in central Phoenix, our staff is committed to creating a calming, peaceful treatment setting. Our office decor features relaxing earth-tone colors and the treatment chairs offer a view of a small lake adjacent to the building. A key member of our anxiety-busting team is Vito, Dr. Ford’s Golden Retriever. Vito has been trained as a Power Paws Assistance Dog and is available on request for patients to pet or play with to help lower their anxiety.

“You don’t have to live with dental fears and anxiety – my staff and I can help you experience necessary visits to our offices as relaxing, calming, and even enjoyable,” says Dr. Ford.

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