Easing Dental Anxiety

Easing Dental Anxiety

Jul 10, 2013

Visiting the dentist causes anxiety for some people. Unfortunately when people are afraid of the dentist they tend to postpone their regular visits. Then small issues become large and require more visits. By seeing your dentist every six months potential problems can be prevented before they occur. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Here are some things you may not be aware of.

1. You’re not alone. 

Dental fear is normal and your dentist and the treatment team members have plenty of experience making people feel comfortable. For example, you may want to bring in a portable music player so that you can relax. It can drown out any noises that may make you nervous.

2. You are in control.

If you are worried that the dentist won’t recognize if you are feeling physical discomfort during your treatment then discuss it together. You can come up with a sign that signals your dentist to stop.  For example, you may want to raise your hand or tap the armrest. At that point the dentist can check in with you.

3. You don’t have to do it all at once.

When the idea of sitting in the chair for a long period of time makes you nervous, let your dentist know. Sometimes longer treatments can be broken up into several smaller visits. Having that option may make you more comfortable. Your dentist will have the best answer.

4. Your imagination can get carried away.

There are so many incredible technological advances in dentistry that many treatments have become shorter and less invasive. Often these treatments cause no discomfort. That’s why it’s important to share your concerns. Yours dentist can put you at ease by explaining what will happen.

5. You can check things out ahead of time.

Knowledge can be a very good thing when it comes to dental anxiety. It’s perfectly okay to schedule a visit to meet with your dentist prior to your treatment just to talk. Your dentist can educate you about the treatment and even show you some of the most commonly used instruments.

6. Sedation is always an option.

You may find your anxiety greatly reduced by the possibility of microsurgery. Your dentist can sometimes use lasers to prepare your teeth for a filling or to remove stains. Some patients  prefer sedation. There are a variety of save effective methods available.

The easiest way to alleviate your concerns is to speak with the dentist or a member of the treatment team ahead of time. They can suggest the best strategy for ensuring your complete peace of mind while in the dentist chair.

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