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If you regularly break out in a cold sweat when it is time for your routine dental cleanings, you are in good company. In fact, 30 million to 40 million Americans experience fear or anxiety when visiting their dentist.

But the good news about that is, Dr. Clayton M. Hansen and our team have lots of experience helping our patients overcome their dental fears. And although folks commonly use the terms dental anxiety and dental phobia interchangeably, they aren’t actually the same thing at all. Let’s take a look!

— Dental Phobia: dental phobia creates such stress for the patient that their intense dread leaves them feeling panicked. Patients experiencing this level of fear also tend to delay needed treatment like routine maintenance which could prevent gum disease and tooth decay. This means their oral health and their self-esteem suffers due to their smile problems.

— Dental Anxiety: while dental anxiety isn’t quite as intense, the underlying sense of uneasiness before they come into the office can also be accompanied by exaggerated worries about the impending procedure. Sadly, this can make their time in the chair unnecessarily stressful.

You don’t have to let dental anxiety take away your healthy smile. No matter which form of anxiety you have, our team is here to help.

We will work with you to help you experience a sense of control over what happens while you are in the chair. So whether need help getting a good night’s sleep the night before a procedure, or helping you breathe easier while our dental team works on you, letting us know beforehand will allow us to create the best possible experience for you.

To find out how you can have a comfortable, relaxing experience during your time with us, please give American Fork Family Dentist in American Fork, Utah a call at 801-756-2809. Dr. Clayton M. Hansen and our team are here to ensure you have a happy experience while maintaining your healthy, beautiful smile!