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Facing Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety or dental phobia can make visits to the dentist’s office a nerve-wracking and stressful experience. As a result, many of these individuals avoid the dentist, potentially compromising their oral health and long term oral function. At the Olympia dental office of Dr. John S. Weaver, our team is dedicated to ensuring all patients have access to effective preventive care, regardless of their dental fears.

Identifying Dental Anxiety and Phobia

Dental anxiety and dental phobia are two unique conditions that each affect millions of Americans. For patients suffering from dental anxiety, feelings of unpleasantness and discomfort accompany each visit to the dentist’s chair. In contrast, individuals with dental phobia may find themselves terrified at the prospect of a dental appointment, often going to great lengths in order to avoid dental care.

These feelings are often traced back to a poor initial dental experience. For some, the feelings of vulnerability and invasion of personal space required by preventive dental care may instigate dental anxiety. For others, improper procedures and methodology may have involved discomfort and are now the source of that individual’s dental phobia. Regardless of the cause these conditions can be severe enough to deter patients suffering from dental anxiety or phobia from regularly visiting the dentist, increasing the likelihood of developing dental problems that may cause significant damage to their oral and overall health.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety & Receiving Dental Care

Dental anxiety and dental phobia can be debilitating conditions that can greatly compromise the health and function of a patient’s smile. At our Olympia dental office, we recognize the long term damage that can stem from missing routine dental cleanings. To help make preventive dental care accessible for all patients, Dr. Weaver takes a personalized approach to dental anxiety, helping individuals overcome their fears and phobias to maximize comfort during treatment.

Prior to even sitting in the dental chair, our Olympia patients meet one-on-one with Dr. Weaver to identify the cause of their fears. Once individuals become comfortable with Dr. Weaver, the initial dental consultation begins, with patients receiving thorough explanations of each step during the examination process. Once the preliminary check-up has been completed, our Olympia dentist goes over each of our patient’s treatment options, thereby encouraging patients to take full control over their dental care.

Our mission during these sensitive procedures is to ensure that patients remain in full control, thereby eliminating feelings of vulnerability. When it comes time for their procedure, Dr. Weaver offers oral sedation medication to help patients relax yet remain fully conscious and responsive during their treatment. Following your care at our Olympia dental practice, our team provides patients with simple at-home maintenance instructions to ensure lasting oral health until their next visit.

Learn More Today

At John S. Weaver, DDS, our compassionate team is dedicated to providing all patients with accessible dental care. For more information about overcoming dental phobia and dental anxiety, please contact Dr. Weaver today for your one-on-one, no pressure consultation.

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