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What Causes Dental Fear?

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Dental Fear

Have you ever been on your way to the dentist office and are overcome by anxiety?  Do you feel the anxiety climbing the closer you get to the office?  You try to rationalize these feelings but seem to be loosing the battle.  In your mind, you try to reassure yourself there is nothing to fear, but that little voice in your head keeps drifting to scenarios of dental horrors that will cause you great pain. You finally arrive at your dentist office and can feel the panic setting in.  A few minutes later you are in your dentist chair. The panic has taken hold and your looking for a window to climb out before the dentist ever arrives. At this point, you are in a frenzy.  Just the mere site of the dentist might make you run for your life!

The scenario above represents how someone with dental phobia feels when visiting the dentist.  Dental phobia or dental anxiety are conditions, if not addressed, can affect someone’s overall health.  Your dental health directly impacts your physical health.  When avoiding the dentist, untreated conditions in your mouth can lead to other health issues down the road.  Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety affect an estimated 1 out of every 10 people visiting the dentist office in America. Fear ranges from feeling like you are in an uncomfortable situation to the extreme of blown out panic, depending on the person.

What Causes Dental Fear?

Dental fear,  in general,  is caused by a “fear of pain”.  It doesn’t matter if the fear was caused by a prior “bad experience” in which your mind justifies the fear or  an imaginary situation that your mind has designed.  Your brain, being the most complex organ in your body controls every function in your body.  It also has the ability to manifest fear. 

How To Fix Dental Fear

This is a complex issue to fix.  The key is to convince the mind that there is nothing to fear in relation to your dental treatments.  Easier said than done, right? What most people don’t realize is that the majority of dental treatments are painless.  At Glasscock Dental, we very much understand dental fear.  Our goal is to provide each patients with a “Stress Free” dental experience by providing “One person at a time” dental care.  Our goal is to make our patients at ease by explaining everything you will experience before we even begin.   We’ve found by walking our patients through each procedure helps them relax by knowing what to expect each step of the way. Our goal is to relieve fear by knowing on what to expect.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262





Cosmetic Dentistry- First Impressions Do Matter

It has become more important than ever to maintain a vibrant healthy smile and a healthy body.  Based on your general appearance (teeth, hair, clothes, shoes, and body fitness) people tend to make a snap judgement on what they think of you.  I realize people tell you all the time that it’s what you have on the inside that matters.  Only a  shallow person would judge you on your physical appearance.  I agree that a persons unique individual qualities should be the most important thing in any relationship but that is secondary to  First Impressions.  First Impressions do Matter.  If the person you are engaging doesn’t find you visually stimulating enough to engage a second time, they will never find out how wonderful you are.

What is wrong with enhancing your appearance?  There are many studies that indicate when you feel good about your appearance, your confidence level increases.   The first trait most noticed while encountering another individual is  their smile.  If a persons is smiling they are considered engaging and friendly.  Who doesn’t want to be around a friendly, engaging person?  When a person doesn’t feel good about the appearance of their teeth, they tend to keep their mouth shut giving an impression of coldness.  So if you are thinking about enhancing your smile, let me give you some reasons from PR News that might convince you to think about it.

The perception study reinforced the affect crooked teeth can have on one’s social life and how they are perceived by others, including:

  • Making a Lasting impression: It’s important to have attractive teeth as part of a smile because pearly whites make a lasting first impression. Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
  • Straight Teeth = Success: These thoughts also extend to perceptions regarding an individual’s potential for professional and financial success.  When looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.  They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
  • Love at First Sight: Not if you have crooked teeth. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.
  • Crooked Teeth = Dull Social Life: Nearly two in five (38%) Americans would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth. Far fewer would ditch someone who lives with his or her parents (23%).
  • Straight Teeth = Good Personality: People connect more positive descriptions with men and women who have straight teeth than those who have crooked teeth. Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.
  • A Nice Smile Goes a Long Way: Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
  • The Want List: Having an attractive smile is something important to many Americans. Close to three in five (57%) Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin. What’s more, 87% would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%).

PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1bFDG)

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150

Don’t let anxiety stop you from going to the dentist

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Have you ever had a leaky faucet? It starts by dripping only a little bit but before long it drips more and more until you have a real problem.  You were hoping to get to it before the leaking became out of control but that never happened.   Going to the dentist is a much like the leaky faucet scenario.  If you put it off long enough, your dental problems can become out of control.

I get it.  Going to the dentist is not your top priority. It causes you a ridiculous amount of anxiety. It isn’t fun like going to a football game or even going to a movie.  The truth is, going to the dentist is as necessary as seeing your Dr. to maintain good health.

It’s time to schedule that visit to the dentist. Whether you’ve been putting it off for months, years or decades, it’s time to pick up the phone and give Glasscock Dental a call. It’s not as scary as you remember. Really, I promise. And the longer you put that visit off, the more extensive care you might need.

Dr. David M. Glasscock and his staff’s motto is to devote their time to one patient at a time.  Dr. Glasscock specializes in many modern techniques in dentistry that offers better solutions to oral health problems than ever before.  Dental advances play a key roll in providing his patients with the most comfort allowing him to provide the highest standard of dental care possible.

So give us a call!!

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150