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Tips To Help Ease Dental Anxiety

There is no shame in feeling nervous or fearful about an upcoming visit to the dentist. Some patients are hesitant to visit with the dentist as they had negative experiences during cleanings, check-ups, treatments or procedures. Others are merely sensitive to the touch. Some people fear dental drills as they are loud, somewhat painful and can generate an odor. There is a similar strategy for each of these phobias and anxieties. Follow the tips to ease dental anxiety detailed below, and your dental appointments will prove that much easier.

TAKE THE BABY STEP OF ADMITTING DENTAL ANXIETY EXISTS

Do not attempt to pretend everything is all right. If you are in denial, it will make the moments leading up to your next treatment that much more difficult. Meet with your dentist to discuss your dental anxiety. Tell him or her you are nervous, fearful or have other issues that might make treatment challenging. The dentist will engage in a helpful dialogue and do everything possible to keep you comfortable. What matters most is that you are willing to speak up, talk about your dental anxiety with your dentist and work to overcome this problem.

A DISTRACTION WILL GET YOUR MIND OFF YOUR MOUTH.

Get your mind off the treatment, cleaning or procedure in question with a distraction. Focus on music, your phone, a book, a handheld video game, or something else. Maybe the dentist can turn on the TV, change the radio station to your favorite music genre or allow for another type of distraction such as earbuds from an iPod. Distract your mind, and the dental operation will be over sooner than you expect.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DENTAL OPERATION

In many cases, dental phobia stems from the patient's fear of the dental tools necessary for oral surgery or treatment. Some patients are fearful as they do not understand the treatment or procedure in question. Many find relief after meeting with the dentist to learn about the dental tools and the details of the process. Do not be intimidated by those tools beside the dentist's chair! Once you find out their purposes, you will not be as intimidated, and your dental phobia might even fade away.

ESTABLISH A SIGNALING SYSTEM TO MAINTAIN CONTROL

Many patients dread relinquishing control during the dental treatment or procedure. If you set up a signaling system with the dentist before the surgery or treatment, you will retain some control. This way, you can halt the procedure for a break, ask a question and raise a concern rather than expect the dentist to check in with you continuously.

PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME TO MAXIMIZE YOUR COMFORT

Frequently, an uncomfortable setting makes the dental phobia that much more intense. Do everything you can before the procedure to ensure you will be as comfortable as possible. Wear the best clothing for an extended session in the dentist's chair, set the chair at the proper angle before the surgery and get all the other details right before the actual surgery or treatment.
Never hesitate to contact our office and let us help you take the baby steps needed to find relief from these anxieties that are common among many patients.

Request an appointment in our Rancho Mission Viejo dentist office here: https://senderodental.com.

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