Sean Abidin, DDS • Vanessa Cao, DDS phone (614) 882-9828

Understanding & Overcoming Dental Anxiety

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Dental anxiety is a common issue that affects many people, preventing them from seeking necessary dental care. At Abidin and Cao, DDS, located in Westerville, OH, Dr. Abidin and Dr. Cao are committed to understanding and addressing the root causes of dental anxiety. We always want to help our patients feel more comfortable and secure during their visits.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

There are several factors that can contribute to dental anxiety:

    Past Traumatic Experiences: Negative experiences during previous dental visits can lead to lasting fear. Painful procedures or perceived neglect by a healthcare provider can make it difficult to return for future care.

    Fear of Pain: Many people associate dental visits with pain. This is especially common if they have had uncomfortable dental treatments in the past.

    Lack of Control: Lying on a dental chair, often unable to see what’s happening, can make patients feel vulnerable and anxious.

    Embarrassment: Some individuals may feel self-conscious about the state of their teeth or the potential judgment from their dentist.

Strategies to Overcome Dental Anxiety

At Abidin and Cao, DDS, we employ various strategies to help our patients overcome their nerves at the dentist:

    Open Communication: We encourage our patients to express their fears and concerns. Understanding specific triggers can help us tailor our approach to each individual’s needs.

    Comfort Measures: Providing comforts such as music, calming scents, a distracting television show, or even sedation options can significantly reduce anxiety.

    Gradual Familiarization: For those with severe anxiety, we also may suggest short, non-invasive visits to gradually desensitize them to the dental environment.

    Clear Explanations: We make it a point to clearly explain each procedure beforehand to ensure there are no surprises and to give back some control to our patients.

Visit Abidin and Cao, DDS in Westerville, OH for Anxiety-Free Dental Care

Understanding the causes of dental anxiety and strategies to overcome it are paramount at Abidin and Cao, DDS. Dr. Abidin, Dr. Cao, and our compassionate team are dedicated to creating a welcoming and understanding environment where every patient can receive the care they need without fear. If dental anxiety has kept you from maintaining your oral health, contact us today. We’re here to support you every step of the way, ensuring a comfortable and positive dental experience.

We are here to help you achieve a healthy smile with minimal stress. For more support or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us at Abidin and Cao, DDS in Westerville, OH. Your comfort is our priority!

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Sean Abidin, DDS & Vanessa Cao, DDS