We understand that many people are fearful of going to the dentist and avoid necessary treatment! We’re here to let you know that the team at Spodak Dental Group is different. If you’ve been putting off a checkup, avoiding necessary dental treatment, or are living with tooth pain because you have dental anxiety, we wouldRead More

 

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on January 21, 2020

Understanding & Overcoming Fear Of The Dentist

We understand that many people are fearful of going to the dentist and avoid necessary treatment!

We’re here to let you know that the team at Spodak Dental Group is different.

If you’ve been putting off a checkup, avoiding necessary dental treatment, or are living with tooth pain because you have dental anxiety, we would like the opportunity to change your mind and show you just how pleasant a dental visit can be.

Our team of board-certified doctors and anesthesiologists are able to provide complete comfort for you during your visit with us, including laughing gas and sleep dentistry options.

 

What is dental phobia and how common is it?

If you’re afraid of the dentist or have dental anxiety, you’re not alone.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), roughly 60% of Americans suffer from some sort of dental anxiety or dental phobia. This might have been caused by a bad dental experience as a child, a painful experience as an adult, or just a general fear of the dentist causing them to avoid any dentistry unless absolutely necessary.

Symptoms of dental anxiety include:

• Making appointments and canceling them at the last minute
• Extreme nervousness before or during an appointment
• Getting easily upset in the dental chair, even before treatment starts

The bottom line is that anxiety keeps you from getting the dental care you need, which can lead to larger and more problematic issues down the road.

Many people who suffer from the fear of the dentist only visit the dentist if they absolutely have to. This often leads to more serious issues that are even more challenging to repair. Routine care and maintenance could have nipped the problem in the bud. But now the patient has to undergo more intensive care, which adds to the feeling of anxiety.

It’s a vicious cycle! 

 

What causes dental anxiety and fear of the dentist?

In addition to a possible bad experience as a child or young adult, there are other fears that patients have when visiting a new office or meeting a new dental team, including:

• Fear of the unknown
• Fear of pain
• Worry about being judged
• Nervousness about paying for treatment

But, under the care of a compassionate and dedicated team, these fears can all be alleviated. 

 

Dr. Tiffany Dudley says…

“We understand most people don’t usually enjoy their dental visits. So we go above and beyond to offer comprehensive care in an environment that is calming and will help you feel safe and at ease.”

 

How to overcome dental anxiety

There is hope!

Here at Spodak Dental Group, our goal is to make sure each patient feels comfortable at all stages of their visit with us, including:

• When speaking to our team on the phone to make the appointment
• During their initial consultation and throughout all subsequent appointments
• Even after they leave our office!

We strive to take the very best care of everyone, and the best way to do so is to let us know what you’re feeling.

• If you’re anxious, tell us.
• If you’re nervous, tell us.
• If you’re fearful, tell us.

There is no problem that we can’t solve.

 

Calming office

Our biophilic office was built with our patient’s comfort in mind.

There are floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every corner of the office, which helps to connect patients to the outside environment. Studies show this helps to calm patients, help them feel better faster, and even helps to prevent illness! Additionally, we have six healing gardens and areas of respite that patients are encouraged to enjoy before or after their appointment.

 

Friendly and welcoming staff

Our team of more than 50 dentists, lab technicians, clinical and admin team members are uniquely equipped to provide the very best comprehensive care. Everything you need is right here at our office!

We offer judgment-free dental visits focused on your personal health and well-being. We also make sure you feel comfortable, listened to, and appreciated. Basically, we treat patients how we would want to be treated.

 

Spa environment

In addition to our state-of-the-art facility, we also offer numerous amenities to help our patients feel comfortable during their appointments. Our Relaxation Menu includes:

• Noise-canceling headphones
• Heated massage chairs
• Blankets and neck pillows
• Scented warm face towels
• Refreshments like coffee, filtered water, and La Croix

Sedation dentistry

We offer two forms of sedation dentistry in our office, and we will work together to choose the best option for you.
For people who have mild dental anxiety or prefer to just be a little more comfortable during treatment, we would offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide). The benefit of this is that you simply breathe in the gas, and the feeling goes away a few minutes after your treatment, so you are able to drive and go about your day.

If patients prefer to be asleep during their treatments, we also offer IV sedation. This is a great option for patients who have extreme dental anxiety and are undergoing several treatments (cleaning, extraction, implant, root canal, etc.) in one visit.

Just explain your worries and goals to our team and we’ll be happy to pick the best option(s) that will make you feel the most comfortable and relaxed.

 

Don’t be a stranger!

So even if you have minor dental anxiety, or would prefer to never see a dentist until you absolutely have to, we are always here for you. Our goal is to help our patients feel comfortable so they receive the care they need.

In addition to a calming environment and sleep dentistry solutions, we will also work to complete as many necessary dental treatments as we can in one visit, so you can get back to enjoying the rest of your life.

Ready to learn more? Contact Spodak Dental Group to schedule your appointment today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

A child of the heartland, Dr. Tiffany Dudley graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. After finishing dental school, she moved to South Florida where she completed her General Practice Residency at the Veterans Hospital in Miami. There she served as Chief Resident until joining a practice in the Florida Keys. Committed to the idea of comprehensive dental care, she was drawn to the visionary team approach to dentistry pioneered by the Spodak Dental Group and joined the team in 2009. Dr. Dudley is the first dentist in Delray Beach to earn the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dental distinction. In addition, in 2019, Dr. Dudley became an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine. Both of these distinctions continue to advance her role in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing for the benefit of her patients.


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