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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

added on: February 13, 2018

young woman feeling anxious before her dental appointment

If you’re anxious or wary about visiting the dentist, there’s no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed because you’re certainly not alone. Dental anxiety is actually a very common feeling. However, overcoming this fear is important in order to maintain good oral health. We’ve listed a few tips to help you feel more relaxed and at ease the next time you’re in a dentist’s office.

Find the Right Dentist

It’s important to choose a dentist that makes you feel safe. Initial visits and office tours are a great way to gauge your surroundings and get to know the dentist. This will help you decide if the practice is right for you and also give you a chance to get comfortable with your surroundings and the team that will be taking care of you.

Communicate Your Fears

Open communication is the best way to establish a positive patient-doctor relationship. Vocalizing your concerns, fears, and worries can give your dentist a chance to accommodate your needs. If they don’t know how you’re feeling, they won’t be able to help.

Bring a Friend With You

Having someone accompany you to your visit can give you the support you need to tackle your fears. If you have a friend or family member present at your appointment, they can assure and comfort you through the process. It never hurts to bring a personal cheerleader along!

Consider Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry includes things such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV sedation, and oral conscious sedation that can help you feel stress-free. Consult with a dentist to see if they offer any sedation options and if they’re the right fit for you.

Use Distractions

Oftentimes dentists have TVs in their treatment rooms to divert your attention away from the treatment and to keep your mind busy (leaving you less time to worry). You can also listen to music, fiddle with a toy or gadget in your hands, or practice deep breathing.

At Caring Smiles Dental, you have nothing to worry about while you’re in our care. Our team has a gentle touch and guides you through your treatment. If you have any questions, concerns, or fears about your dental visit, we encourage you to let us know so we can help you feel as comfortable as possible. Call our office today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to taking care of your needs in a relaxing, care-free environment.

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