Anxiety before a dental procedure is quite common. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 Americans avoid the dentist due to the amount of anxiety they experience. There are things you can do to reduce this anxiety so you can get the dental care you need, thereby improving your oral health. While there are many techniques to reduce anxiety, the four we mention here work well for many and can work well for you as well.
There are many relaxation techniques available, depending on you, your beliefs and what you’ve tried in the past. Many use music as a way to relax, so putting on a pair of headphones, or earbuds, and laying down may help you refocus your mind on something other than the upcoming dental visit. You may also decide that quiet prayer works best for you. Quiet meditation, if you are practiced in meditation or are interested in trying it, can work for many.
Schedule a Walkthrough Dental Visit
The more comfortable you are with the dental clinic, the people who work there, the procedure to be done and even the tools that will be used, the more relaxed you will be when it comes time for your appointment. Ask the receptionist if it would be possible for a short visit to learn more about the place, the people and the procedure.
Talk to Your Dentist About Your Fears
Most dentists understand the fears that many people have surrounding dental visits, even just routine cleanings. By explaining the type of anxiety you are feeling and just what it is about the dental procedure that makes you nervous, they can help ease your fears. They may have ideas about how to help calm yourself during the visit as well, such as taking breaks if you need to, signaling when something is uncomfortable and you’d like to do something differently or even if you need more anesthetic.
Plan to Bring a Friend Along
Whether you are heading into a dental procedure or a big game, it is always helpful to have the support of a friend or family member. Ask someone to come along with you. Even if they are only sitting in the waiting room, just knowing they are there for emotional support can help decrease your anxiety when you are in the dental chair.
Dynamic Dental Solutions understands that many people aren’t comfortable heading into the office for a dental exam let alone a procedure. Let us help to ease your fears. Call today to schedule an appointment and one of our helpful staff will help start the process of improving your oral health today, anxiety-free.