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Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety services offered in Ames, IA

If you find that the mere thought of dental care brings on anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. Dental anxiety is a serious matter that prevents some people from getting the care they need, which is why Rebecca Metzger, DDS, Scott McPherson, DDS, and Jason Brown, DDS, and two outstanding dental hygienists at Campustown Dental in Ames, Iowa, offer caring and compassionate treatment focused on lessening dental anxiety. Book your visit online or by phone to learn more. 

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is a sense of being anxious, nervous, or fearful when confronted with the thought of going to see the dentist. For some people, this anxiety is relatively minor. You might feel uneasy as your appointment nears or have stomach problems leading up to your visit. 

For others, dental anxiety is far more pronounced. Some people are so fearful of dental care they avoid the experience entirely. They don’t come in for routine dental exams and cleanings and only see a dentist once symptoms get to the point where they demand attention.

What causes dental anxiety?

Many different factors cause or contribute to dental anxiety. Some people go through a negative experience in the dental chair, then find it difficult to think about any other dental services without negative associations.

Other sources of dental anxiety include:

  • Fear of needles or dental tools
  • Discomfort with having anything placed within your mouth
  • Fear of blood
  • Worries about the chance of pain
  • Fear the dentist will detect serious dental issues that require treatment

In some cases there is no clear cause of dental anxiety, but the condition persists, nonetheless. If you find yourself avoiding routine dental care or living with dental discomfort rather than coming in for treatment, it’s time to take steps to move beyond dental anxiety. 

How can I get the care I need if I have dental anxiety?

The team at Campustown Dental understands that dental anxiety is a real concern for many people. Everyone at the practice shares the goal of making dental care as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Simply let your dentist know you have dental anxiety. All of the dentists at Campustown Dental have training and experience in dental anxiety management techniques. These begin with acknowledging how you feel about dental treatments and discussing options to ease your fears. 

Some people feel much better when the dentist explains what to expect at each step of the way. Others prefer to distract themselves by listening to music or a podcast throughout their visit. No matter what you need to make your visits less stressful, the team at Campustown Dental is here to help.

Don’t let dental anxiety get in the way of your dental health; book a visit online or by phone today.