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    March 29, 2023
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DENTAL PHOBIA Q: Is there anything I can do about my fear of the dentist? A: It's important for you to know that you're not alone in your condition. Fear of the dentist's office often stems from an unpleasant childhood experience in which, say, a dentist used too little anesthesia or applied it improperly. This could have left you with a fear of a particular procedure, general anxiety about going to the dentist, or with a full- blown phobia. It may also come from a fear of needles or from the whine of the drill. You should know, however, that dental technology has evolved considerably over the years. Anesthesia and the techniques for applying it have advanced. You may, for instance, now be able to listen to your favorite music while the dentist is working. The most important thing is to find a dentist with whom you can share your concerns and work out a plan in which you'll feel comfortable. If it's been some time, as it most likely is, that you haven't been to a dentist, talk with your friends about the dentists they use. Once you've found a dentist who makes you feel comfortable, talk with her or him about the anesthetic options that are available. Once you've established a relationship, you're going to feel great about your smile. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL2055752 DENTAL PHOBIA Q : Is there anything I can do about my fear of the dentist ? A : It's important for you to know that you're not alone in your condition . Fear of the dentist's office often stems from an unpleasant childhood experience in which , say , a dentist used too little anesthesia or applied it improperly . This could have left you with a fear of a particular procedure , general anxiety about going to the dentist , or with a full blown phobia . It may also come from a fear of needles or from the whine of the drill . You should know , however , that dental technology has evolved considerably over the years . Anesthesia and the techniques for applying it have advanced . You may , for instance , now be able to listen to your favorite music while the dentist is working . The most important thing is to find a dentist with whom you can share your concerns and work out a plan in which you'll feel comfortable . If it's been some time , as it most likely is , that you haven't been to a dentist , talk with your friends about the dentists they use . Once you've found a dentist who makes you feel comfortable , talk with her or him about the anesthetic options that are available . Once you've established a relationship , you're going to feel great about your smile . Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave. , Suite 130 , Downers Grove , IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM - CL2055752