Christiana Dental Spa is your Newark dentistry of choice for a handful of reasons. Or, at least, we hope to be your family dentist of Newark for a handful of reasons, with one of the most important being that we tailor our dental services and treatments to the unique needs of our patients. 

We know, that might sound a little too close to marketing jargon for some of you, but let us explain by way of highlighting a particular topic many of us deal with when receiving dental treatment — fear. 

You see, it’s not lost on us that professional teeth cleaning, dental implants, root canals, and other common dental treatments cause a fair number of people considerable anxiety and fear. For that matter, many people have trouble going to the dentist at all. People simply don’t like the experience. 

And, to be clear, we at Christiana Dental Spa of Newark, DE, are not here to tell you that we’ve developed a supernatural, miraculous teeth cleaning method that involves precisely zero mouths opening to keep your pearly whites pearly and white…we are here to tell you that our Newark dental staff members do everything in our power to help our patients feel as comfortable as they can when they walk through our doors. 

For the remainder of today’s blog, we are going to offer up a few tips to help you overcome your fear of going to the dentist, if that describes you. If it doesn’t that’s fine too! Maybe you can retain some of this blog’s information so that you can help a friend or family member out, if and when the time comes. 

That said, sit back, relax, and help us show you how much patient care and customer service matters to us at Christiana Dental Spa. After all, “spa” is in our name, so it makes sense that we care about your comfort more than the average Newark dentist!

Who Suffers From Dental Phobia?

Please forgive us. In the midst of writing this article, we realized we bit off more than we could chew. Before we commence with the dispensing of said tips, we thought it apt to reveal how widespread dentist-related fears really are. We’ll also take a look at the most common fears that people encounter so we can shed some light on some of the beliefs that people have. Hence, we’ll need to turn this into a two-part blog series, which is fun! Unless you feel like reading a novella about the topic, we think you’ll agree with this decision. So, let’s dive in!

In our opinion, you should consider yourself fairly fortunate if you don’t count yourself among the remarkable 80 percent of United States residents who have reported some degree of anxiety when going to the dentist. The American Association of Endodontists reports the above statistic, in addition to the following: between five and ten percent of American adults suffer from dental phobia. These are individuals who are so terrified of going to the dentist that they simply will not go at all. When you think about how there are roughly 327 million people living in the United States, that’s way too many to let this kind of topic go unaddressed!

What Type Of Dental Fears Do People Have?

It’s important to shed light on the particular fears that people have when going to the dentist. Why? Fear thrives when it is ill-defined and in the dark. At the risk of deviating from our dental expertise, it’s a well-established fact of clinical therapy that simply verbalizing and expressing our fears often helps us get control of them. Instead of them controlling you, bringing your unspoken fear to the surface so that you can see how unrealistic it really is can help in a tangible way. Simply put, it helps the mind conceptualize and deal with them in the real world. 

Secondly, when our patients can tell us about what they are afraid of in a more specific and detailed way, we are better able to help accommodate your needs when we provide you with treatment. Again, we’ll do everything in our power to address these kind of issues more appropriately. Our goal is to make sure you are comfortable while ensuring your oral health and hygiene are in good standing as well. 

Some of the most common dental anxieties, phobias, and fears include:

  • Dentists who simply don’t care – To be clear, this list is unordered and doesn’t reflect a ranking of prevalence by any means, but it nevertheless is the case that many people are afraid of having an ambivalent dentist take care of them. We completely understand where this fear comes from because there is nothing worse than paying your hard-earned money, taking time off work, and opening yourself up to the advice of an educated expert — only to have them give less than 100 percent when providing you or your family with dental care. While we can’t do anything about any negative experiences you’ve had in the past, our team of experienced dentists are committed to providing compassionate service tailored to your needs. We speak five different languages to boot! 
  • The fear of pain – This one is pretty straightforward, at least in name. While people manifest this fear in different ways, it’s not uncommon for people who have had very painful experiences to be reticent of going back any time soon. If you are looking for a Newark dentist, Christiana Dental Spa offers a range of dental treatment options to help reduce and alleviate pain regardless of the particular treatment you are looking for. For more information on this, just give us a call and we’d be happy to speak with you! We’ll formulate a treatment plan that you are comfortable with, and then go from there!
  • Fear of needles – A single blog (or even a two-part blog series, for that matter) won’t be able to solve this issue. We understand that many people have a fear of needles, and pretty much everyone under the sun would prefer to not deal with them at all. All we can say is that you aren’t alone, and that by and large the vast majority of dental visits do not involve needs at all!
  • Ashamed of your teeth – We are passionate about the quality of implant dentistry we perform. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry to help you feel proud of your smile for the first time in a long while, we can help! And don’t worry, we never judge anyone for the appearance of their teeth — we love helping people achieve the smile they deserve!
  • Vicarious fear – Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we arrive at a fear that dentists see far too much of. Children who have never been to the dentist might take on the fears their parents have. This is not good, obviously, and it can be transferred both verbally and non-verbally. We’ll speak more on this topic in part two, but our simple request is that you, as a parent, be mindful of what messages you are intimating to your children about what to expect at the dentist. Stop the cycle of fear!

Keep an eye out for part two in the near future. We’ll offer up a few tips for helping you deal you overcoming your fear of the dentist. In the meantime, schedule your appointment with Christiana Dental Spa of Newark, DE, today!