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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Why You Need to be Honest About Your Dental Anxiety

Posted on 6/25/2015 by Dr. Call
A woman suffering from dental anxiety.When you really think about it, the most common dental procedures aren't painful at all. However, that fact alone doesn't prevent people from experiencing trepidation over their next dental visit. The worry, fear, and anticipation of going to the dentist affects about 30 - 40 million people per year. That's roughly 10% to 15% of the population, making the condition fairly common.

The range of fear varies, with people experiencing a mild anxiety to an intense phobia. Anxiety and phobia are not the same thing. Anxiety is a feeling of worry or nervousness. A phobia is an intense, unreasonable fear. However, both can make people so frightened that they'll do almost anything to avoid a visit to the dentist.

If you experience dental anxiety, you have a higher risk of gum disease and early (usually preventable) tooth loss. Avoiding proper dental care has emotional costs as well. Poor oral health can make you feel self-conscious and insecure.

Symptoms of Dental Anxiety

Symptoms of dental anxiety can vary, depending on the degree of fear you experience. Some people may experience a "fight-or-flight" reaction to just the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office. Others may experience sweating under the arms or even their hands.

Other symptoms of dental anxiety include:

•  Feeling nauseated
•  Intense unease or worry
•  Trouble sleeping the night before the dental visit
•  Panic when objects are placed in your mouth
•  Trouble breathing during the proceudre

You may have even felt your heart beat faster as you wait for your turn in the waiting room.

If any of these symptoms are familiar, your best course of action is to discuss this with us. If we don't know you're experiencing anxiety, we can't help you overcome it. Some clients report feeling less anxiety just by taking this first step. You realize that you're being heard and can see that there are options in how you're treated to make your dental visit less stressful.

Treating Dental Anxiety

While some dentists specialize in treating fearful patients, there are common practices many dentists employ to reduce a patient's anxiety.

For instance, before a new dental treatment or procedure, we take extra time explaining each measure of the approach to give you an overview and give you time to know what to expect.

There are other strategies as well that we may offer:

•  Using earphones to listen to music
•  Suggest that you bring a friend or relative with to minimize your anxiety
•  Allow breaks for longer procedures
•  Establishing signals for pain or discomfort
•  Listening to CDs with guided mediations

If you're in the market to look for a new dentist, choose one that is sensitive to patients with dental anxiety, such as is the case with our practice. This gives you an opportunity to discover the methods we use and hear our suggestions in advance.

A Few Methods to Lessen Your Dental Anxiety

Even with a dentist that will offer you options for easing your anxiety, there are still a few tactics you can incorporate on your own to improve your visit. Make your dental appointments for the time of day you are least stressed. Whether that means getting there first thing in the morning or requesting the last appointment of the day, plan in advance so you can be accommodated.

Here are a few additional ideas:

•  Try relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises
•  Do gentle yoga or stretching to fight tension
•  Bring your own headphones and music

If none of these suggestions help ease your emotional discomfort, considering enlisting the help of a therapist. Talk therapy and hypnotherapy are two options to relieving many types of stresses and anxieties.

To discuss treatment options for your dental anxiety, please contact us at (971) 708-1608.

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Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist

We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered

Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology

We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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