Ballantyne Center for Dentistry
15105 John J. Delaney Dr., Suite K Charlotte NC 28277 (704) 274-2992

 (704) 274-2992

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Dr. Christian Yaste   |   Dr. Joseph Hufanda   |   Dr. Eric Satterlee

Why We're Different

  • We make beautiful cosmetic dentistry affordable.
  • We have helped hundreds overcome their fear of the dentist.
  • We strongly encourage you to speak with our patients.
  • We can do most procedures in our office.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Fear and Anxiety

Dental Fear Treatment Charlotte, NCIs dental fear and anxiety common?

Yes. An estimated 30 to 40 million Americans avoid dental treatment due to fear or anxiety.

What is dental phobia?

Dental phobia is extreme fear about dental care and treatment. It is more intense than dental anxiety. People that struggle with dental phobia may feel panicked or terrified at the thought of dental appointments.

Why do people have fear or anxiety about dental treatment?

There are many different reasons why people might have dental phobia or anxiety, including the following:

  • fear of needles, shots or syringes
  • fear of the sounds and smells of a dental office (especially dental drills)
  • a previously traumatic experience
  • mood or anxiety disorders
  • substance abuse

How does dental fear and dental phobia affect oral health?

Unfortunately, people with dental phobia and dental anxiety are at a higher risk of serious oral health problems like gum disease and tooth loss because decay can go unnoticed for so long.

Also, studies now show a link between oral disease and illnesses like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Therefore, neglecting oral health may raise the risk of developing a life-threatening condition.

Dental Fear Treatment Charlotte, NCWhat are the other effects of dental anxiety and dental phobia?

In addition to risking oral and overall health, people with dental anxiety and dental phobia tend to have a lower life expectancy. They can also suffer from low self-esteem and confidence due to the appearance of their teeth, mouth and smile. They might find that they withdraw from social and professional activities because of self-esteem and confidence problems.

How can sedation help you overcome your fear?

One of the best ways to address dental anxiety and dental phobia is with the use of sedation dentistry techniques. Oral or intravenous medications can help put you into a deeply relaxed, almost sleep-like state (some people do fall asleep) during treatment. You will not feel any pain, fear or anxiety while you receive treatment, and you should have little to no recollection of treatment afterward. After a few positive experiences, you might find that you feel less fearful or anxious about dental treatment.

The medications that our dentists use are completely safe and we are specially trained to administer them.

Is there anything I can do on my own to help overcome fears and anxiety?

Select the right dentist. The right dentist should be patient, approachable and trustworthy. Look for someone that advertises their skill and experience with fearful or anxious patients. The dentist will explain everything that you will feel and for how long, and they allow you the opportunity to stop treatment at any time with a simple hand gesture or cure. This helps create the feeling that you are in control.

Distract yourself. Bring in your headphones to listen to music, a podcast or an audiobook, or watch one of your favorite programs on our televisions. You can even bring a friend or loved one to your appointment and have them sit with you while the dentist treats you.

Practice relaxation techniques. Meditation and yoga can be very relaxing for some people. While you are in the treatment chair, practice breathing exercises by taking deep, controlled breaths.

 

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