How Dental Anxiety Can Steal Your Smile [BLOG]

Now that summer is finally here, you’re excitedly making plans for some special fun in the sun festivities. Right?

Nope. Not you. For you, summer looks quite different. For you, it’s the halfway mark on the yearly calendar that reminds you it’s time for your routine dental checkup.

Although you might feel like you’re the only person on earth who dreads a dentist appointment, you’re definitely not. The fear that nearly suffocates you as your dental appointment draws near is what’s known as dental anxiety. And it’s real.

In fact, millions of Americans feel exactly the same way you do about going to the dentist. That in itself should be a comfort. But we understand that it’s not enough to relieve the fear you have. Look, we’re adults, and as adults, we know good and well that ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. Quite the opposite, actually. Problems don’t go away on their own. Problems oftentimes just get worse and worse until you have the courage to face them.

Today’s blog talks about how dental anxiety can actually threaten your smile if you’re not careful. But pay attention, because we will offer solutions to overcoming it!

Dental Anxiety Can Steal Your Smile

  1. It can stand in the way of good oral health.

Being afraid of the dentist’s office by itself is not the problem. It becomes a problem when that fear is so intense that it keeps you away from the dental office altogether. It’s completely normal, and even understandable, why some people are filled with anxiety at the thought of sitting in that dental chair.

But there is good news for you. Bright Star Dental in Las Cruces, NM is the exact opposite of that scary, cold, and uninviting place you imagine when you think about a dentist’s office. From the moment you walk in, you feel comforted by the tranquil atmosphere, our warm, friendly staff, and the coziness of our waiting area. When you make an appointment with us, we go out of our way to make sure you’re as calm and relaxed as possible. Your comfort is a top priority here!

That said, it’s important to know how letting your dental anxiety keep you from visiting us may affect your oral and overall health. If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home, that’s wonderful! However, that alone is not enough to keep gum disease at bay. It really takes a skilled professional who has the training, tools, and experience to diagnose and effectively treat gum disease.

If left untreated, the infection from gum disease can cause serious problems with your overall health such as diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. Let us help you keep that from happening. Schedule an appointment with us today, and we can talk with you about your fears and concerns.

  1. It can keep you from having the smile of your dreams.

Another way that dental anxiety can steal your smile is that it keeps you from going after the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Skipping dental checkups is only part of it. An attractive smile must first be healthy. Once you’ve let us help you achieve that, we want to help you figure out what it would take to give you the smile of your dreams. Fear can stand in the way of that.

You wouldn’t believe how far dental technology has come and just how fast, easy, and painless cosmetic dentistry has become as a result. At Bright Star Dental, we offer a variety of simple cosmetic procedures that can have a dramatic impact on the appearance of your smile! When you let us help you overcome your fears, you open up a world of possibilities for yourself to have a brighter, more radiant smile that makes you look beautiful and feel confident.

Let Bright Star Dental Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety!

Dr. Gilbert and our caring team are here to help you. We offer comfort amenities like warm blankets and heated massage chairs, as well as various sedation options to make you feel completely relaxed while you receive treatment. You won’t feel rushed through your appointment, but rather, you’ll feel at ease with how well we take care of you and put your needs first. It all starts with your phone call to our Las Cruces dental office!
Call us at 575-680-1084 or fill our online form to an appointment today!

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