Overcoming Your Fear: How to Handle Dental Anxiety
Posted on November 29, 2016
Because of severe dental anxiety, millions of Americans will avoid a much-needed visit to the dentist this year. Experts estimate that up to 8% of the population have a deep-seated fear of dental visits and won’t even consider seeing a dentist, regardless of how severe a tooth or gum problem becomes. Even if you don’t suffer from a debilitating dental phobia, most people still experience some sort of anxiety before and during a dentist appointment.
Here are some suggestions for how to handle dental anxiety:
Talk with your dentist
Always be candid with your dentist about your anxiety. Dental anxiety is extremely common and it is likely that your dentist has dealt with dozens of other patients who share the same concerns as you. At Sunlight Dental Group, we take pride in making our patients feel as comfortable as possible and will go the extra mile to ensure you have a positive experience.
Figure out a way to distract your mind instead of focusing on the upcoming appointment or ongoing treatment. It can be a different thing for everyone. Some common practices that patients use to reduce anxiety include meditation, breathing exercises, and soothing music.
If the anxiety is still too overwhelming, you should consider one of our sedation services. Using either nitrous oxide or a conscious oral sedative, we can maximize your comfort level during any treatment. Our staff is trained, licensed, and permitted to provide these safe services.
You don’t have to let fear keep you from healthy teeth and gums. Get an appointment at Sunlight Dental Group today and let us help.