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You probably know that being afraid of the dentist is quite common. Similarly, you probably know that not visiting your dentist can lead to a number of problems—both in your mouth and with your overall health. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to help with dental phobia.

Sadly, if you struggle from dental phobia, you may be terrified of visiting the dentist. In fact, some individuals who suffer from dental phobia suffer from symptoms such as sleep loss, extreme anxiety, or even nightmares about trips to their dentist. Even worse, some individuals may even have anxiety attacks because of their dental phobia.

Unfortunately, if you don’t visit your dentist, you could be putting your teeth in danger. You see, you should visit our dentist once every six months for a routine checkup. These checkups are important because they’ll give our team a chance to catch potential problems before they become serious. For instance, gum disease may be difficult to recognize on your own, but it if becomes severe, bacteria may be able to access your bloodstream through your gums. If this happens, you may have to deal with high blood pressure, heart disease, or even gum disease.

If you suffer from dental phobia, we recommend telling our dentist. We’ll happily do whatever we can to make your experience a pleasant one. Similarly, you may want to join a group or forum where you can find support from others who suffer with the same issue. Finally, you may want to consider visiting a counselor or therapist.

While it may be difficult, please don’t let your fear of the dentist lead to issues with the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Dr. Brent Bitner and our team will do everything they can to make your visit comfortable. We’ll also answer any questions you may have. Please call Cottage Grove Dental at 541-942-7934 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.