Dental anxiety is a legitimate condition, one that affects between ten and twenty percent of people in the United States. Such anxiety prevents many people from getting the dental care that they need. If you struggle with a fear of the dentist, we can work with you to help you feel comfortable and get the treatment you need and deserve.
One of the big causes of dental anxiety comes from a childhood trauma linked to the dentist office. Fortunately, modern dental technology has lessened and eliminated the pain associated with many common dental procedures. By talking to your dentist, you may be surprised to learn that your treatment can be much less invasive or painful than you would expect. Our Bellingham dentist office also makes use of sophisticated sedatives to make even the more common procedures a more comfortable experience.
Other people are made anxious by the lack of control they feel in the dentist chair. Again, the solution is communication. You can establish a signal that lets your dentist know when you are in pain. This alone can go a long way towards fostering a positive experience.