Dental fear is a common problem faced by many people. Dental anxiety or dental phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of dentists, dental procedures, or dental instruments. Dental anxiety can make it difficult to go to the dentist and prevent you from receiving the dental care you need.
Speak up to your dentist about your fears
Sometimes you won’t know something is bothering you until you speak out loud about it – this goes for your oral health as well. Talk to your dentist about your fears and anxieties. Share your concerns so you can work together towards a solution. Your dentist understands that some patients are nervous about their upcoming appointments and will do everything they can to put your mind at ease. This is why it is important to address your concerns early in the appointment process so you can get the care you need without anxiety or fear.
Agree on a signal
Agree on a signal with your dentist to let her know when you need a break or to stop a procedure altogether. You might simply raise your hand, or you might tap your leg to let the dentist know that you need a short break. It’s up to you and what you are comfortable with. It’s also a good idea to let the staff in the waiting room know the signal you use so that they can call the dentist if needed.
Take a trusted person with you
Your loyal friend or family member can help you through your appointment by listening to your concerns and calming you down if you become anxious or stressed. He or she can also take notes for you, so you do not miss any important information the dentist gives you. Having someone you trust in the room can ensure your safety and comfort throughout your dentist appointment.
Even if you have a loved one or friend accompanying you to your dental appointment, let your dentist know before he or she sees you. This way, he or she can prepare everything needed ahead of time to avoid scheduling issues that may arise.
Playing your favorite music or podcasts during your appointment can help to distract you from the sights and sounds of the dental office. Bringing along headphones to put over your ears helps to block the noise out. You may also want to bring along something to read to occupy your mind and take your focus off the dental treatments. Taking a few deep breaths can also help to ease any anxiety you may be feeling. Reminding yourself that your dentist is using gentle techniques can help you to feel at ease.
If distraction isn’t an option and you’re still feeling anxious, try taking deep breaths to help calm your body down. Deep breathing tricks your brain into thinking that you are relaxed, which can make you less anxious overall. You can also try taking a slow, deep inhale through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Repeating this throughout the appointment will help to calm you down.
Consider sedation dentistry
If you’re experiencing extreme anxiety and feel that you’re unable to sit still long enough for the dentist to care for your teeth and gums, you may want to consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help you feel relaxed and at ease during your treatment. The most commonly used types of sedation include oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, and general sedation. Your dentist will be able to discuss your options and recommend the one that will be best for you.
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