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Dentist Roseville CA | Got Dental Anxiety? We Can Help! | Dr. Judd

April 22, 2014

Kelly Hudson was 10 years old when a dentist failed to anesthetize his back molar properly, and hit a nerve dead-on—resulting in a intense fear of the dentist that lasted for many years. In fact, his dental anxiety was so overwhelming that he couldn’t even go near a dentist’s office, let alone be in one.

Making a Choice

Relieve your dental anxiety with the help of Dr. Judd, top dentist in Roseville, CA.In his mid twenties, though, Kelly had to come to grips with the fact that years of avoiding the dentist had come at the cost of his oral health. He relates, “Among other issues, I had a fractured back molar that began to decay. I was so nervous about going to the dentist that I did nothing about it. At first, I minimized the situation because I told myself it would go away on its own. I was wrong.”

He continued, “As the decay progressed, the discomfort intensified until it became a constant, unbearable pain—yet that seemed more acceptable than a dental visit.”

Do you find yourself relating with Kelly’s sentiments? Have you avoided getting needed dental work because of excessive anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association:

  • An estimated 35 million Americans experience significant apprehension about dental procedures.
  • An additional 10 to 12 million are considered “dental phobic” and avoid needed dental care altogether.

How was Kelly able to address his dental fears and get the help that his smile required?

Getting Needed Help

He explains, “As apprehensive as I was, I began considering getting professional help because the pain was simply not disappearing on its own. I discovered that there was online support for people suffering dental anxiety just like me. I also checked with family and friends if they could recommend a dentist that would understand and acknowledge my fears. A lot of the anxiety I had stemmed from the feeling that I wouldn’t have any control or say about the procedure.”

“When I found the dentist with the expertise to address the dental anxiety I was dealing with, it was such a relief. I loved the fact that I felt respected and understood. The office atmosphere was soothing and was nothing like the experience I remembered as I child. We even arranged for a hand signal that I could make to immediately stop the procedure if I started to feel overwhelmed.”

The Results

“I was so surprised,” Kelly exclaimed. “The procedure was not at all the traumatic experience I expected. I only wish I had gone sooner. I’ve also recently taken advantage of sedation options (link to dentists sedation page) to get some other work done that I would have never dreamed of having before. I never thought my teeth could look this great! I feel confident, I feel relieved!”

There are a number of reasons why people can develop dental phobia. If you’ve been holding back from getting professional assistance because you suffer from dental anxiety, we understand what you’re going through. Please feel free to contact Dr. Judd, top dentist in Roseville, CA, for a stress-free, no obligation consultation to see how we can assist you in getting your smile back on track.

Just imagine, a healthy, pain-free smile in within your grasp. Share this encouraging news with anyone you know of that suffers from dental anxiety!

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