Do you get nervous before seeing the dentist? If that’s the case, you’re in good company. Anxiety over seeing the dentist can affect people of any age. Many people have anxiety before seeing the dentist for many reasons. There are several reasons why going to the dentist might be stressful: a bad experience in the past, a dread of pain, seeing a family member or friend’s fear of the dentist, or the cost of treatment.
Nervousness or worry before a dental visit, or inability to sleep in the days leading up to one, are symptoms of dental anxiety. In addition, using the dental drill or the anesthetic needle might trigger dental anxiety in certain patients. The aroma of the dentist clinic may be enough to cause worry in certain people.
Avoiding the dentist or putting off important dental care might result from dental anxiety. As a result, putting off dental care can lead to serious complications that affect more than just your mouth. Fortunately, dental anxiety is something that can be controlled and conquered.
How to Calm Your Fear of the Dentist
If you suffer from dental anxiety, talking to your dentist about your worries is a great first step in alleviating stress. In this way, your dentist can tailor your visit to your specific needs and ensure that you have a good experience in the dental chair.
Talk to your Dentist and Get the Lowdown on the Process
Your dentist visit will be less nerve-wracking if you have a better idea of the operation you require and what to anticipate. If you have any concerns or questions, your dentist is the best person to ask. You can have a less stressful dental appointment if you talk to your dentist and the staff there.
If You can, Bring Some Friends
You might be allowed to bring a friend or family member to the dentist to make you more comfortable if the office permits it. If you are worried about being alone for your treatment, having a friend or family member wait in the parking lot might help ease your mind.
The Healing Power of Music
If you’re having difficulty relaxing during dental work, try using a distraction technique like listening to music on headphones. Anxiety-inducing noises, like the sound of the drill, will also be drowned out by the music.
Dentists Who Use Sedation
Depending on several criteria, sedatives may be permitted during specific operations. Consult your dentist about possibly using a local anesthetic, nitrous oxide (often known as “laughing gas”), oral sedatives, or even intravenous sedation during your treatment.
Got the Munchies? Signal using your Hands
If you’re feeling stressed or uneasy, taking a break could help. Speak to your dentist about possibly employing hand signals to indicate when a break is needed during the operation.
If Prescribed, Take your Prescription
Discuss potential prescription options for managing dental anxiety with your doctor if you suffer from extreme dread or anxiety when seeing the dentist.
Do Some Reading or Watching
Having something to watch on TV while visiting the dentist might be helpful. Reading a book might help you relax and take your mind off the dental work being done.
If You Can, Try to Avoid Coffee in the Hours Leading up to your Appointment
Caffeine increases nervousness, so avoid it before going to the dentist.
Practice Deep Breathing Techniques
Breathing exercises and other stress reduction techniques might be useful for patients undergoing dental operations. Try taking slow, deep breaths in and out to calm your nerves and ease your muscles.
Schedule your Appointment during a Less Hectic Time of Day
When scheduling your next dentist visit, pick a time when you won’t have to rush or your day will be particularly hectic. It can help to schedule your appointment in the morning.
We have over 40 multi-specialty dental locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, staffed by highly trained dentists who offer a full spectrum of dental care. Our dental staff is kind and kind, and we want you to feel at ease while in our care. Plan a visit to your neighborhood Gentle Dentistry office now.