If you’ve ever dreaded going to the dentist to the point you’ve avoided scheduling an appointment, or even have canceled an appointment, you’re definitely not alone. Dental anxiety is real and, unfortunately, extremely commonplace.
According to Colgate, approximately 9 to 15 percent of all Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s millions of people! The good news is that you can manage and cope with dental anxiety. But how? We have a few strategies for you.
First, assess your dental routines. Are you brushing twice a day? Flossing and rinsing? In order to dodge any work being done on your teeth, the most important thing is to take care of your smile. And if you’re following all the recommended practices, you’ll be in great shape for your next check-up. Being proactive will help soothe and ease any anxiety you may have.
Next, pick up an accountability buddy. Find a friend who can support you from booking an appointment to waiting in the dentist’s office with you to driving you home from your appointment. This person can also be someone who suffers from dental anxiety as well. Plus, you can return the favor by supporting them and scheduling appointments together.
Lastly, you need to work with a Philadelphia dentist you can trust. Oftentimes, many people fear going to the dentist because they’ve had negative experiences with dentists in the past. Fortunately, Dr. Steven Rice has over 40 years of experience and has worked with patients with dental anxiety before. Not only is he highly qualified, but his practice is compassionate and accommodating to your needs.
Don’t let anxiety get in the way of maintaining your dental health. Trust us. Your smile is worth it! Call (215) 791-8881 at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with our Philadelphia dentist, Dr. Rice!