Posted by Laveen Dental on Mar 18 2023, 11:02 PM
Dental anxiety is a common issue among many people. It prevents them from getting proper dental treatments on time. Dental anxiety is a normal reaction to visiting the dentist. If you suffer from dental anxiety, here are a few helpful tips to ease the fear.
Discuss your fear with your dentist
Share your fears with your dentist. This will help you be able to address them and come up with solutions together. The dentist can explain to you why the procedure is necessary and how it can benefit you as well. Knowing the benefit will also ease your fear of the treatment. Having this honest discussion will build trust between you and the dentist and establish a level of trust in his or her ability to help you feel comfortable during the treatments.
Agree on a signal
Tell your dentist about the signs you show when you are feeling uncomfortable so that he or she can act accordingly. Your dentist may stop the procedure temporarily to give you time to settle down or distract you with a signal that you can respond to in case you need a break. This helps you and the dentist work together as a team.
Also, don’t assume that it is rude for your cosmetic dentist to stop in the middle of a procedure if you need to take a break. Dentists understand the anxiety that patients feel before and during dental procedures, and they will do everything they can to help you relax during the treatment.
Take a friend or family member with you
A trusted family member or friend can calm you down during your visit in the dentist’s chair. They can also help you remember all of the instructions given by the provider and can help you ask questions on your mind. This can help the dental office staff as well because you will have a family member to help you stay relaxed and mentally prepared for the procedure.
Bring distractions to occupy your mind during procedures
Distractions are a great way to fight feelings of nervousness and worry during a procedure. Consider bringing a book to read or magazines to flip through while undergoing treatment. Taking deep breaths and counting to ten are also great ways to distract yourself when feeling nervous. Listening to music can also be helpful, but make sure to turn the volume down so you can clearly hear any instructions or questions your dentist may have.
Consider sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry can be an option for patients with dental fear. Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are two common types of sedatives used in dental clinics. Talk to your dentist to find out which option is best for you. Take this extra step to ensure your dentist is able to help you overcome your fear of seeing a dentist.
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