As many as 1 in 5 Americans report anxiety related to visiting the dentist; if you experience dental fear, you are hardly alone. Unfortunately, this fear can keep some patients from visiting the dentist for years at a time. Such long breaks between visits can allow minor problems to escalate undetected. The idea of treating such serious problems can make patients even more wary of visiting the dentist. Dr. Ed Lazer and the entire team at Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry understand these concerns and are dedicated to helping you feel comfortable with visiting the dentist.
Causes of Dental Anxiety
Of course every patient is complex, and reasons for fearing the dentist can vary. There are, however, some common reasons that many patients avoid the dentist.
- Trauma or painful memories associated with a past dental visit
- Fear of pain
- Embarrassment about the state of oral health, especially among patients who have avoided the dentist for many years
- Poor understanding of dental procedures
- Discomfort with dental equipment and the environment of a doctor’s office
For many patients, a poor understanding of what goes into their treatment can exacerbate or even be a cause of fear surrounding the dentist. Our staff are always happy to explain your treatment and answer any questions you may have. We will discuss your particular oral health and establish a treatment plan to fit your needs and comfort level. We will describe each step of your treatment and provide you with complete pre- and post-treatment instructions so that you can feel in control of your dental health. For many patients, a complete understanding of their treatment can alleviate fear and provide a level of comfort that they need to make visiting the dentist possible.
A Compassionate Environment
Our comfortable office and friendly office are designed to set your mind at ease from the moment you walk in. Every member of our staff is highly trained so you can feel confident that you are receiving the best possible care. Our dentists have decades of experience between them; several of our dentists teach at acclaimed schools in the Baltimore, MD area.
We are dedicated to establishing a great individualized relationship with each patient who enters our doors. This patient-focused dentistry approach means that every patient feels cared for, and we take time to address your individualized dental health needs. There is no need to be embarrassed about your mouth. We understand that there can be many factors in the way of your good health. This is why each treatment plan is so individual; no one is perfect, and every patient had a unique set of needs. By addressing your needs individually, we hope to guide you to a naturally happier smile.
Schedule a Consultation
If bad past experiences have turned you away from dental visits, try Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD. To schedule a consultation and discuss options for your dental fear, call us at (410) 697-6290. For our more anxious patients, we also offer online scheduling. Don’t let fear keep you away from good oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ed Lazer today.