Avoiding care is no cure for dental anxiety

Dental anxiety is common, according to Cameron L. Randall, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle, and “people feel anxious about the dentist for all kinds of reasons,” Dr. Randall said. ADA spokesperson Ada S. Cooper, D.D.S., told Vice News care that is postponed as a result of anxiety has consequences. “Ironically, by not seeing a dentist because of those concerns, patients actually find themselves faced with increased treatment time, increased cost and more significant dental problems than they would face if they were to see a dentist on a regular basis.” Dr. Cooper says patients should look for “a dental home,” or in other words: “A dentist you feel comfortable with, a dentist who you trust. A dentist whose style and manner and rapport with you make you feel comfortable being there, and who makes you feel as if whatever concerns you may have will be taken seriously.”
(We KNOW you will feel all that in our office!)

Full Story: Vice News (5/13)

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