Dental Anxiety Baltimore, MD

Dental anxiety? We Are Here to Help Put Your Fears to Rest

Dental phobia affects millions of Americans, preventing them from receiving the dental care they need. Dental anxiety is one of the top reasons people put off going to the dentist, even when they are aware of a dental problem. Fear of the dentist is frequently the result of previous bad experiences in the dentist’s chair or a fear of needles.

Failing to visit the dentist regularly will result in many different types of dental problems, including tooth loss. These dental problems will progress and get worse over time. The dental procedures will be more invasive and cost more money to treat. We encourage our patients to discuss with us their fears so that we can help avoid this situation.

Tour our dental office in Owings Mills Maryland

Visiting the dentist in Baltimore doesn’t have to be painful or stressful. Dr. Lazer and Doroshenko offer several options to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Our Baltimore dentist office is designed to be a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Our staff is highly trained and spends time with each patient to educate them on their condition and treatment options. We understand the fears that many patients face and take a comprehensive approach to help them overcome their dental anxiety. We ensure that your dental experience is comfortable.

Patient Education

We recognize the importance of patient education and believe that patients should be an active participant in their oral health. We spend time listening to each patient’s goals and concerns and then carefully design treatment plans to give them the smile they want. We explain treatment options as well as the details of the procedure to give patients knowledge and control over their treatment.

Don’t let dental anxiety threaten both oral health and overall health. Come in for a visit with Dr. Lazer or Dr. Doroshenko and discuss your personal concerns and dental fears before treatment. Our dental care team will ensure that you feel relaxed and confident in your dental care as he restores your oral health.

Dental Anxiety FAQs

How can I calm my anxiety before going to the dentist?

If you are feeling anxious prior to a dental appointment, it is important to remember that dental anxiety is very common. It is encouraged to communicate your feelings with your dentist. Patients may choose to focus on their breathing or listen to music throughout their appointment to help calm their anxiety.

What causes dental anxiety?

The most common cause of dental anxiety is a past prior traumatic experience. Other causes may be a past trauma to a patient’s head or neck. General stress and anxiety may worsen around dental appointments, so our staff will make sure that you have complete pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions. Knowing exactly what to expect before, during, and after your procedure helps relieve some stress.

How do dentists deal with anxiety?

Dentists recommend bringing a friend with you to your appointment to help lessen anxiety. They also try to talk throughout the appointment to ease their patient’s anxiety. A fear of dentistry can be exacerbated by misunderstanding dental procedures. Dr. Lazer and his staff take the time with anxious patients to explain each step of dental treatment so they know exactly what to expect and how it will be done.

In many cases, having an understanding of the procedure and outcome can give a patient the confidence they need to relax comfortably during their visit with Dr. Lazer. Once a patient can feel they are a part of the process, regular visits can become a lifelong habit.

How common is dentist anxiety?

Dental anxiety is very common affecting up to 36% of the population of the United States. If you suffer from dental anxiety know that you are not alone! Your dentist deals with this frequently and has options to make your visit more comfortable.

Can the dentist give you something for anxiety?

Dentists can give medication for anxiety. They may prescribe diazepam for patients to take an hour before their appointment. Another option is oral-conscious sedation, commonly known as laughing gas, which helps calm patients nerves to make their experience as comfortable as possible.

Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation Today

If you suffer from dental anxiety in Owings Mills and Baltimore, Dr. Ed Lazer offers several options to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Schedule an appointment today and be sure to mention your fear of the dentist so we are prepared to help you through your visit. Call (410) 697-6290 or request a consultation online.