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You probably know that being afraid of the dentist is quite common. Similarly, you probably know that not visiting your dentist can lead to a number of problems—both in your mouth and with your overall health. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to help with dental phobia.

Sadly, if you struggle from dental phobia, you may be terrified of visiting the dentist. In fact, some individuals who suffer from dental phobia suffer from symptoms such as sleep loss, extreme anxiety, or even nightmares about trips to their dentist. Even worse, some individuals may even have anxiety attacks because of their dental phobia.

As you may have guessed, individuals who suffer from dental phobia could be at risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. While these issues are serious in and of themselves, did you know that avoiding your dentist can actually lead to a number of issues with your overall health? You see, if you have gum disease, bad bacteria could enter your bloodstream. From there, it can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and even issues with your lungs.

If you suffer from dental phobia, we recommend telling our dentist. We’ll happily do whatever we can to make your experience a pleasant one. Similarly, you may want to join a group or forum where you can find support from others who suffer with the same issue. Finally, you may want to consider visiting a counselor or therapist.

While we understand that visiting our dentist can be extremely uncomfortable—especially if you have dental phobia—but we recommend you do so. If you would like help, please don’t hesitate to contact Ross Family Dental at 831-422-5351. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have and do whatever we can to make your appointment with us comfortable. Dr. Steven Ross, will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are eager to receive your call.