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5 Tips for Dental Anxiety

Going to the dentist is an absolute nightmare for some people. Certain patients hate the sound of dental drills. Others cannot stand the smells generated by various dental procedures. Some simply do not enjoy others work on their mouth. If you have a dental anxiety of any type, follow the helpful tips outlined below and your next appointment will go smoother.

1. Communicate With Your Dentist

Be open with your dentist. Tell him you are nervous about the treatment or procedure. Be as forthright as possible about all of your concerns. Ask questions, pose scenarios, be detailed and share as much as you can. Your dentist will help you develop a strategy to combat your anxiety. Such forewarning will also give your dentist a means of gauging your current status and creating a plan of action tailored to your unique needs. You can also establish a cue or signal with your dentist to indicate you need a break due to discomfort.

2. Bring Someone Along for Support

If the patient feels as though he or she will be less nervous when a loved one or friend is nearby, then they will benefit from bringing someone to the dental appointment. This form of support just might prove enough to calm the patient's nerves and help the patient make it through the procedure calm and collected. This friend or family member can also drive the patient home following the procedure.

3. Consider Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry is ideal for those who are nervous about an oral health procedure and those who would like to consolidate treatments into a single session. There are numerous forms of sedation available to help the patient make it through a relaxing treatment. By discussing these options with our dentist, the patient will emerge from the procedure feeling much better than they think. It is important to note that sedation is not for everyone and may not be available at all locations. Call us to learn more about other techniques and see if sedation is the right treatment or not.

4. Relaxation Techniques

Do everything you can to stay relaxed while in the chair. Implement relaxation techniques that keep you restful, calm and at peace. If necessary, bring along a meditation device so you stay relaxed until the end of your treatment. Even something as simple as a hand grip to squeeze during treatment can help you make it through without interruption.

5. Visualization Techniques

Visualize yourself somewhere else and you will carry through the treatment process without incident. Your imagination is a powerful tool. Use it however you need. Try to visualize something that helps you stay relaxed. Give visualization techniques a serious try and you will find it makes your oral health procedure that much less stressful.

Schedule an Appointment

Our team of oral health experts is here to keep you as comfortable as possible while in the chair. We will treat you with care, be gentle and make sure you feel as little pain as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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