Dental anxiety is common. It can be caused by a number of factors, such as fear of pain, a sense of helplessness, or embarrassment. If left untreated, dental anxiety can get worse over time. It can even cause people to delay or avoid going to the dentist altogether. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If dental anxiety is keeping you from getting the dental care you need, we can help. Here are a few tips.
Know you’re not alone
Studies show anywhere from 10-30% of Americans fear going to the dentist. The reasons are many and can include bad experiences in childhood or seeing a loved one in pain during a procedure. It’s important to speak up about your fears and concerns. Your dentist wants you to trust him/her and feel comfortable during your visits! They want to hear your concerns and address them as best as possible. Be sure to voice any fears you have of visiting the dentist so you can work together to ease your tension and make it as stress-free as possible.
Speak up about your dental fear
If you are feeling anxious about your dental procedure, speak up! Your dentist is a trained professional and can ease your anxiety with one of several techniques. They will talk to you prior to your appointment about your treatment options and will recommend one or more procedures that will help you reach your oral health goals. They will also discuss any associated risks and alternatives to the procedure. By asking questions and understanding your options, you will be more prepared on the day of your appointment.
Agree on a signal
Agree on a signal that will let your dentist know that you’re uncomfortable or in pain and need to take a break. A hand raised above the head lets your dentist know you need a break.
Take a trusted person with you
Some people have a friend or parent accompany them to the dentist’s office to ease their nerves and provide additional support. This is especially helpful for those who are experiencing dental anxiety.
Bringing a distraction to the dentist makes it easier for both the patient and the dentist. While some patients bring a book to read, others prefer to bring some type of music player or headphones to help block out the sounds in the office. Other people enjoy bringing a friend or family member with them for moral support.
To learn more about our dental care services or to schedule an appointment with us, contact Premier Dental Connections, New Port Richey, FL, by calling us at (727) 376-2299.