Many people are uncomfortable when going to the dental office.
For some the discomfort gets so strong that it prevents them from seeing oral health practitioners. There is a wide spectrum, and depending on where you find yourself on this spectrum, there are things you can do that will help you have a better overall experience.
There are many reasons that you may find it difficult to go see oral health professionals.
You may experience symptoms of anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The anxiety that you experience may stem from previous negative dental experiences or even other traumatic medical experiences.
You may have suffered an injury to the head or the neck.
Other types of traumatic experiences may also be contributing to your discomfort or anxiety when going to see oral health practitioners.
You may have difficulties trusting people.
It is important to keep in mind that you are not alone and you can make the experience easier on yourself by doing some of the things outlined in this website.
What is Trauma?
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