Options for Dental Phobia

If you’re one of the many people who fear the dentist, there are effective ways to deal with your phobia. There’s no reason that your oral health has to be at risk. Neglecting regular dental checkups and cleanings is a serious gamble. Problems, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer, only get worse with time. Early detection and treatment of these conditions is ideal. It will save you time and expense.

Therapy for Fears

Psychiatry has made some breakthroughs in overcoming fears. The British Dental Journal (BDJ) recently reported that a single session of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help a person overcome dental fear and anxiety. If you can’t imagine entering a dental office without feeling scared, then you can enter the psychiatrist’s office first.

Sedation Dentistry

Another option is in-office sedation dentistry. Dr. Foust and our team offer mild sedation to relieve your anxiety. Typically, patients who try sedation for their first few visits eventually lose their fears and no long need sedation.

Relationship with Your Dentist

A final approach to easing your dental phobia is getting to know your dentist. Dr. Amanda Foust and our staff make it our goal to provide a comfortable and pleasant experience for each patient. You can schedule a consultation to get to know us, the office, and what to expect checkup and cleaning; this way, you don’t have to worry about sitting in the dental chair at your first visit.

 Call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, Iowa at (515) 965-0230 to reserve an appointment with Dr. Amanda Foust.