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Where Are You When It Comes To Dental Visit Anxiety?

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF US experience SOME level of dental anxiety? As much as 80%, in fact. Despite our best efforts we know that there’s something that feels inherently vulnerable about lying back in a chair while we examine your mouth. We’ve been patients too.

Communication Can Make You More Comfortable

We want you to feel comfortable and confident during your visits with us. We believe that one key is open communication between our team and you—our valued patient! Whether you’re extremely nervous during dental appointments, or just slightly uncomfortable, communication helps. However, it’s hard to know exactly how, or what, to communicate sometimes.

If you’d really like to explore the reasons you feel nervous about dental visits, here’s a handy questionnaire developed by J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. If you’d like, look over the first four questions and let us know where you fall on the scale. It’s a simple way to tell us how you’re feeling.

Is Your First Appointment Coming Up?

Check out the video below outlining an routine check-up. It could help get you in the right mindset:

Simple Understanding Can Make A Huge Difference

Once we understand a little bit about your triggers and your reaction to dental-related situations, we can do a lot to make you feel comfortable. Some techniques we use include:

  • Taking adequate time so you don’t feel rushed or harried.
  • Carefully explaining everything before we do it.
  • Establishing signals so that you can let us know if you need a break.

Would You Like More Techniques For Relieving Stress?

This video has some great pointers:

Do you know someone else who suffers from severe dental anxiety? Is it compromising their health? Have them give us a call. We can help.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!


2 responses to "Where Are You When It Comes To Dental Visit Anxiety?"

  • Jackie Kirkpatrick says:

    Yes, I suffered greatly from dental anxiety to the point that I would avoid going to the dentist for years. I was blessed to find Dr Kangas and Citracado Dental Group because they empathized with my fears and worked very hard to make me feel comfortable. Now I am happy to say that I have been a patient of Dr Kangas’ and trust her implicitly. When I have an appointment with her, I seldom feel any anxiety anymore, but I am always glad when my appointment is over. I would have to say that trust has been the biggest factor in relieving my anxiety and I thank everybody @ Citracado for helping me build my trust in dentists..

  • Amy says:

    Thank you, Jackie for your kind words.

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