Dental anxiety is a commonly experienced feeling of fear and apprehension when faced with dental procedures. It can range from mild feelings of discomfort to extreme fear and panic. It can manifest itself in different ways, such as a fear of needles or the sound of dental tools, or even an inability to relax during a dental visit. Many people who experience dental anxiety avoid going to the dentist altogether, leading to an increased risk of oral health problems.
For those who suffer from dental anxiety, the thought of going to the dentist can be a source of fear and dread. But it doesn’t have to be! With the right approach, dental anxiety can be managed and overcome to maintain good oral health.
Here are some tips to help combat dental anxiety and make your next trip to the dentist a much more pleasant experience.
- First, find a dentist that makes you feel comfortable and respected.
- Once you’ve found someone you feel comfortable with, make an appointment and explain any fears you have. The dentist may be able to provide you with additional information and reassurance.
- Bring a friend or family member to the appointment for moral support.
- Ask your dentist to explain the procedure and answer any questions you have.
- Additionally, bring music, headphones, or something else that will help you relax during the procedure.
- Request to stop the procedure at any time if you feel uncomfortable.
- Make sure to take deep breaths throughout the appointment.
- If needed, you can also ask for sedation options to help you relax during the procedure.
- Use positive self-talk throughout the procedure.
- After the appointment, reward yourself for getting through it patiently.
- At Wilmington Periodontics and Implants, we pride ourselves on keeping our patients first. So, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of excellent and compassionate dental professionals is here to assist you.