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Is dental anxiety stressing you out and affecting your smile health? If so, you are not alone. There are anywhere from 30 million to 40 million Americans who experience fear and anxiety when they approach dental procedure.

This means that dental anxiety is a common condition familiar to dentists, and Dr. Bennett Packard or Dr. David Packard is no stranger to helping patients overcome their dental-related fears. To help you understand the two common fears, let’s take a look at both dental anxiety and dental phobia.

Scenario #1 Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety can make you feel an underlying sense of unease before coming into the office, which can also be accompanied by exaggerated worries surrounding your treatment. While you can still receive effective treatment with this anxiety, it makes your experience unnecessarily stressful.

Scenario #2 Dental Phobia

Dental phobia is more powerful than dental anxiety. If you experience this type of fear, there will be so much stress from the dread that you end up panicking and even delay needed routine care. This will, unfortunately, lead to preventable gum disease and tooth decay. The price you pay will be a damaged smile, affecting both your oral health and your self-esteem in the long run.

So while that’s the bad news, there is good news as well. We can help you with both of these conditions so that you don’t have to let them affect your healthy smile. We can help lighten your fear and help you enjoy positive dental experiences. We can help you get a good night’s sleep before a scheduled procedure as well as help you breathe easy during treatment.

With our help, you don’t have to let dental anxiety stress you out any longer. You can get the quality care you need while feeling calm, relaxed and safe. To learn more, please give Creekside Dental in Yakima, Washington a call at 509.577.8277 today. Dr. Bennett Packard or Dr. David Packard and our team are excited to help you with all of your smile care needs in the most pleasant way possible. We look forward to keeping you smiling!