Dental Anxieties

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It’s an estimation that nearly 15% of dental patients experience dental anxiety. The anxiety episode prevents them from getting essential treatments done and making an appointment for their routine checkups. If you or your loved one is coping amidst the fear and discomfort of going to a dentist, these suggestions below may help reduce the anxiety and dress so you can get the care you need, when you need it.

  • Bring a companion with you to the dentist.
    Often this is not a problem, but please call and confirm with your dentist beforehand due to the pandemic. Having the right person by your side during an examination, procedure, or treatment can offer comfort and relaxation.
  • Use visualization techniques while sitting in a dental chair.
    Try to relax as best as possible and imagine your happy place’s images or distract yourself with happy thoughts or upcoming events to help ease your mind.
  • No questions should be left unanswered.
    The more questions you ask, the more relieved you will be once you hear your dentist’s information. You should always know and understand the procedure or treatment that you will be receiving.
  • Communicate with your dentist for a time-out.
    Select a designated signal that will allow the doctor to know when you want to stop for a slight break during your procedure.
  • Utilize the television or surround speakers to maximize your comfort.
    Ask your dentist if you can watch a movie or listen to music while getting your service. If there are no electronics for use, bring an iPad to watch a film or headphones to listen to music on your phone to distract.
  • Relax and take deep breaths.
    Calm your nerves by controlling your breathing. It would be best if you do not drink caffeine and calm yourself by listening to relaxing music.
  • Explore different routes for your dental procedure.

If the anxiety is too much, and you absolutely will not calm down, mention your doctor for alternate possibilities. They may offer sedation dentistry, which is also known as medically induced, to put you to sleep so you will not be awake during the procedure.

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