Have Anxiety About The Dentist? Try These 4 Things

If you have a fear about going to the dentist, know that you are not alone.  It is so common there is even a term for it called dentophobia. Instead of having your next trip to the dentist be unbearable, try dealing with your anxiety with these 4 things.

Talk With Your Dentist About Your Fears

When dental anxiety is a big problem, it is important that everyone working on your teeth knows about it.  You should talk with your dentist about your anxiety before your visit so they can adapt to the situation properly.

For example, if you fear needles, the dentist can take additional steps to keep them out of sight so that they do not cause you to panic.  If you just want to close your eyes and try to not think about what is happening, let them know that too so they can avoid asking you questions that remind you of what is happening.

Use Sedation Dentistry Methods

Sedation dentistry is a great way to help you with relaxing when your reaction to anxiety can disrupt the dental appointment.  Using nitrous oxide gas is a popular technique where you breathe in a gas that makes you feel calm and carefree. General anesthesia is also possible for bigger procedures, but would be overkill to use for a simple cleaning and inspection. 

Use A Distraction

Dentists are more than willing to work with you when it comes to dental anxiety.  If listening to headphones or watching a video on your phone helps you relax for the procedure, chances are that the dentist will be accommodating. 

Bring A Friend

Sometimes the hardest part can be getting the courage to show up to the appointment. If that is the case, it will help to ask a friend to come with you. Even if they cannot sit in the room with you during a procedure, at the very least they will help motivate you to show up for your appointment. 

Use Meditation Techniques

There is not much you can do when you are in the dentist's chair, which is why mediation can help you relax.  Focus on your breathing, trying to take in air slowly while releasing your breath at the same pace.  It will help calm you down by giving you something to do.

These are just a few ways that you can ease dental anxiety. For more suggestions, speak to your dentist or someone at Health Centered Dentistry about it.