Dental anxiety is experienced by people of all ages, from kids to adults. Public speaking, extreme water depths, the dark, spiders and other phobias are nothing compared to the dental chair for some people.
More than 1 in 10 Americans cancel appointments or delay oral health care due to dental phobias. It’s a much more common fear than most people realize – up to 25% of people worldwide experience mild to severe dental anxiety. Children are especially vulnerable to dental chair phobia.
The Super Dentists is at the forefront of the fight against dental anxiety. With a kid-friendly environment, caring staff and state-of-the-art services designed to put any child at ease, our area dental offices have one goal: to give kids stress-free, educational and fun dental care. No other pediatric dentistry helps children (and even adults) overcome dental anxiety like The Super Dentists.
Let’s take a deep-dive into dental anxiety – don’t worry, it’s not as scary as you think!
Dental Anxiety Basics
Like every other fear, a host of factors can trigger dental anxiety. For many children, simply sitting back in the dental chair automatically triggers a perceived lack of control. That’s a primary reason why our dentists and staff provide personalized, attentive care. Each patient is different – and no two patients experience dental anxiety in the same way.
Pain is another major reason for dental anxiety. Both actual and perceived pain keeps more people away from the dental chair than you’d think. And it’s not just pain from the actual procedure that causes fear – needles to administer anesthesia are as much to blame for dental anxiety as anything else.
Sensory stress also plays a major part. From sharp needles to loud noises to weird smells and more, the mere act of getting a dental procedure can be enough to instantly trigger dental anxiety. In some ways, dental anxiety is a natural response to perceived fear. But with The Super Dentists’ modern and innovative treatments, it doesn’t have to be this way!
How The Super Dentists Help Children Overcome Dental Anxiety
We know that fear of the dentist is a common problem with some children, especially for new patients. Every child deserves exceptional dental care – especially those facing dental anxiety. That’s why all of our San Diego area offices employ specialists who can help your child manage and overcome dental anxiety.
Sometimes, special accessories are required to help alleviate dental anxiety. Enter The Wand®. Known as the “Magic Wand” at our offices, this innovative computerized device delivers anesthesia in steady doses to specific areas in the mouth. As a result, needles aren’t required to administer painkillers for regular dental procedures. The Wand can even treat a single tooth, if required. Both adults and children appreciate the added control – and more importantly, less stress! We implement the latest dental accessories to reduce stress in the dental chair. The Wand is just another method to help our patients get the care they deserve.
A major source of dental anxiety involves the amount of time spent in the dental chair. Thanks to our innovative, time-saving approach to pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services, The Super Dentists can offer optimal care in minimal time. For example, our Invisalign® braces, Acceledontics™ orthodontic procedures and other cutting-edge practices ensure your child spends less time in our office, and more time enjoying what they love to do! But even while they’re here, rest assured our that patient, responsive staff will tend to their every need.
For new patients, our welcome is like none other. Our friendly staff, colorful characters, augmented reality experiences and more helps any child to forget about dental anxiety, and focus on fun instead. The Super Dentists makes going to the dentist fun! There’s something to be said for avoiding dental anxiety in the office, and no other dental network works harder to put your child at ease.
What’s more, we have a ton of educational resources on our website to increase patient knowledge. Since dental anxiety often involves ignorance about treatment, our video library and other tools help patients conquer their fears before ever stepping foot in our office.
Visit The Super Dentists Today!
The Super Dentists have a handful of San Diego-area offices to serve you and your family. Discover why one in five San Diego children is a Super Dentists kid – schedule an appointment and see how we can help anyone overcome dental anxiety. Going to the dentists shouldn’t invoke fear…it should be fun! That’s the thinking behind The Super Dentists experience. Stop in and visit us today.