Dental anxiety is a common problem that prevents people from visiting the dentist. It could prevent people from getting the dental care they need. Without treatment, dental problems can get worse.
Discuss your dental fear with your dentist
If you have dental fears or anxiety, you must tell your dentist about it. You need to let your dentist know about your experiences in the past so that he or she can conduct the treatments in a way that will least affect your stress levels. Consider talking with our dentist; we can discuss your fears and come up with strategies to make your next appointment comfortable for you. Don't be afraid to ask us questions regarding our practices or services as well. We will gladly address your concerns.
Agree on a signal to use when you need a break
If you are feeling uncomfortable or scared during a procedure, let your dentist know right away. You can use a hand signal to let your dentist know that you need a break and want to relax for a few minutes. You can use the same hand signal to let your dentist know that you feel uncomfortable. This will give your dentist a chance to stop the procedure and give you some time to relax.
Ask a friend or family member to accompany you
Having a friend or loved one at your appointment can help ease your nerves and distract you from the procedure. They can also help remind you of post-appointment instructions and ensure you make appointments in the future.
Bring distractions to occupy your mind during procedures
Distractions are the key to keeping the patient's mind occupied during a procedure. Some dentists provide headphones or iPods for their patients to listen to music during dental procedures. Others offer a television to watch during treatment. If a dentist doesn't provide a distraction, then bring one to keep you entertained and relaxed. Talk to your dentist about having the TV lowered during your treatment so you can hear what is going on around you and so you can still communicate with your dental team. If you are getting a restorative procedure performed, bring a stress ball or a moldable wax that you can use to keep your hands busy while you are waiting in the office for your procedure to begin.
Consider sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to ease your anxiety before any procedure. Depending on the type of sedation you need, you will be awake or asleep throughout the entire process. Your dentist will administer the sedation in pill form. You will be conscious and able to respond to your dentists but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the procedure is complete, the effects of sedation will gradually wear off, and you will remain alert throughout the duration of your visits. Talk to your dentist about the types of sedatives available to determine which one is right for you.
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