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Scared of the Dentist? You're Not Alone!

Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear, according to WebMD.

If you are included in this percentage, know that you are not alone and you are not without hope.

There are any number of sources that can result in dental fear and anxiety. It is extremely important that this fear does not rule your life and dental practices. As you can see from the graphic to the right, there is a vicious cycle if you avoid the dental office.

By avoiding the dentist, you may be missing out on treatment that can either prevent any future problems or to diagnose any current problems. Without this treatment, either current problems worsen (pain could appear or get worse) or problems will arise.

There are different tips and methods to reduce dental anxiety and fear.

Get some information. For some, the root cause of dental anxiety comes from the fear of the unknown. Perhaps some of your anxiousness will alleviate when you better understand what procedures will be performed, what the problem is going on in your mouth, what options you have, what your insurance covers, and any other questions that you have.

There are a number of sources to gain this information. When researching, be sure to utilize only resources that are credible. Always remember that your dentist is a valuable source of information!