Millions of people across the country dread routine dental checkups and necessary dental treatments. While dentists today have numerous ways to alleviate pain during treatment, some people still find the idea of a visit to the dentist entirely unappealing. Dental anxiety and dental phobia are common problems that can interfere with your dental health, but they are highly treatable.
Dental phobia is defined as an overwhelming or irrational fear that can lead a person to avoid a situation or activity. As a result of this phobia, a person may avoid routine care entirely and suffer unnecessarily with periodontal disease, severe tooth decay, abscessed teeth and lost teeth. Between 9 and 15 percent of Americans avoid dental visits due to dental phobias, and many more experience dental anxiety, or a feeling of unease or discomfort associated with dental visits. Both of these conditions can lead to unhealthy dental habits and increase your risk of suffering unnecessarily from dental diseases.
If you have a phobia about dentists or dental care, you may be not only more prone to dental disease but also more susceptible to associated health problems, such as respiratory infections and heart disease. Our office understands dental phobia and anxiety, and we offer solutions that can help you get the care you need without the worry or fear. We make your comfort and care a priority and will work to put you at ease.
Our office has been designed around the comfort of our patients, as well as their physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Shamoiel has a warm, friendly manner that puts every patient right at ease, and he is gentle throughout each procedure. This may not be enough to calm all patients, though, which is why we offer a variety of sedation options. We can use inhaled, oral or other types of sedation to alleviate your fears and calm your nerves. Sedatives can allow you to feel relaxed or drowsy throughout your appointment or procedure so that you can get necessary care in a comfortable environment.
If you have dental phobia, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shamoiel, our dentist in Thousand Oaks.