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Dental Anxiety

Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry located in Urbandale, IA

Dental Anxiety services offered in Urbandale, IA

Do you feel anxious when you see a dentist and, therefore, skip routine dental visits? At Urbandale Smiles in Urbandale, Iowa, skilled dentists offer effective treatments for dental anxiety to relax you and make each dental visit comfortable. Call the office to learn more about your options, or use the online booking tab today.

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is an anxious feeling many patients have while in the dental chair. When left untreated, this fear of dental work, and even dental cleanings, can cause distress and the desire to skip essential dental appointments. Urbandale Smiles offers calming dental anxiety treatments that help you enjoy each and every visit.

What causes dental anxiety?

Some of the common causes of dental anxiety are:

  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of dental drilling
  • Past negative dental experiences
  • Fear of loss of control
  • Feeling self-conscious during dental exams 
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Fear of dentists

If you have a fear of going to the dentist, you’re not alone, as 40 million Americans are at risk of severe oral health problems because of dental anxiety.

What are the benefits of treatments for dental anxiety?

The main benefits of treating dental anxiety in patients of all ages are enjoyable dental visits, less stress, an easier time sitting still, and a higher likelihood of scheduling and attending dental exams. Skipped dental cleanings increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

Seeing your dentist at least every six months allows them to detect possible oral health problems early, when dental issues are easier to treat. 

How is dental anxiety treated?

Urbandale Smiles offers highly effective dental anxiety treatments to ease fears and help you relax. The practice uses NuCalm®, an advanced clinical system that reduces stress and fear naturally after just a few minutes.

NuCalm is entirely drug-free and uses your body’s own relaxation mechanisms. Your provider places a painless biosignal processing disc on your wrist and gives you a light-blocking mask to wear on your eyes, as well as earphones that allow you to listen to a soundtrack. The soundtrack enhances brain wave functioning and puts you in a state of relaxation.

Simply relax with the eye mask and earphones in a comfortable chair during dental visits to Urbandale Smiles. You can use NuCalm during any dental appointment, even if it’s just to have your teeth cleaned.

NuCalm has no side effects, and there is no downtime needed afterward. It’s inexpensive and included in the cost of each dental treatment at Urbandale Smiles.

To relieve dental anxiety during dental appointments at Urbandale Smiles, call the office or book a visit online today.

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