Dental anxiety is something that affects nearly 1 in 3 Americans, according to some studies. Feeling anxious when facing a dental appointment isn’t a matter of character or willpower. At Douglas Callow D.D.S, we understand dental anxiety and we don’t judge – we help.
The Roots Of Dental Anxiety
Anxiety is basically being aware of two things: you don’t know what’s going to happen, and not knowing bothers you. That might sound overly simple, but it’s accurate.
In the case of dental anxiety, the root cause might be a bad and/or painful experience at another dental practice. Those experiences are usually caused by things like:
- Not fully understanding what’s going to be done while you’re in the chair
- Feeling hemmed in or claustrophobic
- Fear of pain
- Feeling a lack of control or feeling rushed
- Choking, gagging, or a fear of both
- Feeling embarrassed
Every human being on the planet has probably felt all of those things at some time. Anxiety of some sort is practically universal. The only difference for dental patients is that their feelings of uneasiness or dread are focused on dentistry.
Experience A Truly Caring Dental Practice
At Douglas A. Callow D.D.S., all of our staff are dedicated to your comfort while you’re with us and after your appointment. From the moment you walk in, you’ll feel at home. We offer a number of amenities to help you feel relaxed and at ease, from toys and games for the kids in the waiting room, to wifi, to comfy blankets, pillows, and headphones on request.
We’re committed to pain-free dentistry, and nothing happens until you tell us that you’re completely numb. If at any point you feel the need to stop for a bit, just let us know. If you like, you can reserve a longer appointment.
Our advanced technology allows us to accomplish your care more quickly and accurately than you may have experienced elsewhere. Digital X-rays are faster and more detailed; our ultrasonic scaler is faster and much more comfortable for removing plaque at and below your gumline.
Best of all, you’ll know that you’re genuinely cared for. Rest assured that your best interests are the highest priority at all times.
A Little More Help
A warm, comfortable, and caring atmosphere can accomplish a lot to put you at ease. It’s a simple fact that some people need more help to relax while they’re in our practice.
For those people, and even for those who just want to take the edge off, we offer inhaled dental sedation. It’s been used for decades and has an excellent safety record. The effects wear off quickly, so you’ll be safe to drive after your appointment.
Have A Comfortable And Relaxed Dental Appointment
Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from getting the dental care you need. When you call our Plymouth, MI dental practice, we’ll be happy to talk about any concerns you might have.
If you’re in the Plymouth, MI area, call Douglas A. Callow, DDS at 734-219-6974 to schedule your consultation. Or use our online form to book an appointment. We’re located near I-275 off Ann Arbor Road.