Don’t Let Dental Fears Prevent You from Regular Dental Check-Ups



If the thought of going to the dentist causes dental fears or distress, you’re not alone. Up to 75 percent of adults in the United States report having some degree of dental fears – anxiety and five to 10 percent of those with anxiety are considered to have a dental phobia. Those individuals experience dental fears so badly that they avoid going to the dentist at all costs, which is detrimental to their oral health and to their overall health. Read on to understand what dental phobia is.

Dental Fears Can Put Your Oral and Overall Health at Risk

Regular dental exams, teeth cleanings, dental X-rays and proper hygiene, will help keep your teeth and gums healthier. Fear of pain in the dentist’s chair may be what keeps patients with dental phobia from scheduling an appointment. In truth, you are less likely to develop painful problems such as cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease if you go to the dentist for routine check-ups at least once a year.

Another reason to see the dentist on a regular basis is because poor oral health has been linked to a greater risk of overall health problems. Infection from decayed teeth and gum disease can get into the bloodstream and cause major health problems, such as heart disease, strokes, and even death.

Causes of Dental Fears and Dental Phobia

In many cases, people who experience dental phobia do so because of prior experiences at the dentist’s office, such as feeling pain during a procedure or fear of the sounds or smells in the dentist’s office. Follow this link to learn more of what causes dental phobia.

If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you may be happy to know that modern dental care is quieter, gentler and more comfortable than it was in days gone by. Modern dentists use technology that has taken the bite out of procedures that were at one time painful.  

For those with dental fears or dental phobia, even taking dental x-rays might be trigger anxiety. That is not the case in today’s world. Dr. Terrance Wolbaum of Pioneer Hills Dental, takes digital x-rays of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. It is quick, painless and far more accurate than the x-rays of yesteryear. His office provides a wide variety of dental state- of-the-art services. Follow this link for more information regarding what we offer to help all of our patients.  

Additionally, Dr. Wolbaum is able to provide personalized, compassionate care for his patients struggling with dental phobia. This means that you won’t have to compromise the health of your teeth and gums due to dental fears that may have plagued your dental care in the past. Check out his website to get a better idea of who Dr. Wolbaum is, and see for yourself that care and compassion are a running theme for all of his patients.

Treatment of Dental Phobia

There are a number of ways to treat dental fears and phobia. The following are some helpful tips to a successful dental appointment:

  1.  Have a Discussion  Prior to Your Dental Treatment so You Know What to Expect During the Procedure

Modern dentists, such as Dr. Wolbaum, help patients overcome their dental fears by explaining your dental procedure step by step. Recent comments by patient, Robyn T. via Google, said of Dr. Wolbaum, “I have had my fair share of horrible dentist visits. But Dr. Wolbaum and his dental team are the absolute best, hands down. So gentle, compassionate, and easy going. He explains everything from start to finish. He truly cares about your comfort and makes sure you’re ok throughout the whole procedure. I have never had such an easy and HAPPY experience with a dentist, ever. He took my fear of the dental office away and I don’t dread having to go back. Thank you guys so much. Your whole team down to reception is absolutely fantastic!”

  1.   Discuss Your Dental Fears and Learn About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry allows you to undergo dental procedures without experiencing the negative feelings, or sensations that may cause your dental anxiety. Pioneer Hills Dental offers various types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral medications to help you relax during your dental procedure. Sedatives can be extremely effective in easing your dental fears.

  1.   Take a Break During the Procedure if You Need To

During your consultation, let Dr. Wolbaum know there may be times when you want him to stop during the procedure if you are feeling over anxious, afraid, or if you are feeling pain. Knowing that you can take a break during the procedure is empowering.

  1.   Bring Your Own Headphones and Music to Your Appointment

Music will serve as a distraction, and will drown out the sounds in the dentist’s office that may contribute to your dental fears.

Dental phobia is something that millions of Americans face and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. At Pioneer Hills Dental, we are committed to making our patients feel as comfortable as possible when they walk through our doors. If the thought of going to the dentist brings out feelings of anxiety, fear or shame, you are not alone. We strive to provide high-quality dental care for everyone. Dr. Wolbaum and his staff are willing to work with you to help allay your fears and provide the kind of dental care you deserve.  

To find out more about how we can help you, the first step is to contact our office at (303) 766-8811. We are located at 5492 South Parker Road, in the Pioneer Hills Shopping Center, which is convenient for patients in the Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree communities. When you call, be sure to communicate your concerns with our office so we can schedule your appointment accordingly. We look forward to hearing from you!