Dental anxiety affects many people across the country and prevents them from getting the proper dental care they need. If your dental anxiety is preventing you from going to the dentist, there are several things you can do to lessen your anxiety level. In this article, we look at the top 5 tips for beating this anxiety.
Find the Right Dentist
The most important thing is that you find the right dentist to work with.
At Coburg Dental Group our Dentists, Dr. Meridith Metin, Dr. Shannon Gune, Dr. Matthew Siebel and Dr. Jeff Kestenberg, can offer you the full range of methods to deal with dental anxiety.
Talk to the Dentist
Talk to the dentist directly about your anxiety. We are willing to make extra accommodations, such as playing soft music or creating a “stop” signal that lets you determine if you need to stop the treatment due to your anxiety.
Visit the Dental Practice Regularly
The worst thing you can do is wait until you have a major dental problem before you see your dentist. This will only increase your anxiety level. Instead, make regular dental appointments. The more you are able to go to the dentist the less anxiety you will have each time.
Learn a Relaxation Technique
Learn one, or more, relaxation techniques before going to the dentist. This could include special breathing techniques, meditation, muscle relaxation, positive self-talk, and more. This will help to keep you relaxed during your treatment.
Consider anesthesia and medication
If your anxiety is still high after trying some of these tips, talk to your dentist about using anxiety medication to help keep you relaxed during your visit. You can also talk to your dentist about using general anesthesia to sedate you during your treatment.
Dental treatments have greatly improved over the years making the process less intimidating. Our dentists are very happy to work with their patients through their dental anxiety to help them get the services they need. Following the tips above can help you get the care you need without the increased anxiety level.