Easing Dental Anxiety: Coping Methods that Can Help

Dental fear is one of the most common fears in the world. To ease dental fear, you need to relax at the dentist’s office and feel confident about the treatment. Here are some tips to relieve your dental fears.

Discuss your dental fear with your dentist

If you are feeling nervous or anxious about an upcoming dental treatment, it is best to discuss it with your dentist beforehand. This way, both you and your dentist can make necessary arrangements to help you have a more positive experience when you go in for the procedure.

Tell your dentist about any fears you may have about the treatment so that he or she can help you address them. For example, if you are afraid of pain, let your dentist know in advance so they may give you medication before or after the procedure to numb the pain. Know more safety tips here.

Agree on a signal

Prior to the day of your appointment, discuss your fears with your dentist. Let them know that you might need a break and a signal to let them know that you need to talk to him or her. Let your dentist know if you’re scared of needles or the sound of the drill.

Bring a support person

Bringing someone whom you trust to watch over you can help you remain calm and relaxed during your procedure. Having someone you trust with you during the procedure will help ease the tension you feel toward it. Your friend can also help you remain calm by engaging in conversation with you while you are in the waiting area until it is time to go in for the procedure. They can bring you water or run errands for you while you get treated. You can bring a support person who’s well-acquainted with you to your appointment. If you have a fear of needles, it may help to bring someone to distract you by talking or playing games. Ask them to hold your hand so you can focus less on the handpiece of the dental drill and more on them. An extra sense of security can help ease your anxiety.

Bring a distraction

Distracting yourself with something to take your mind off a procedure can help you stay calm. Ask your dentist if he minds if you listen to music or podcasts during your procedure. Bring along a book or a crossword puzzle to help you pass the time. You can also ask your dentist for his recommendations on movies you can watch in the waiting room to help distract you until it’s time for your appointment.

Consider sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is an effective way to ensure patients remain calm and relaxed throughout dental procedures such as root canals and dental crowns. With sedation, patients are conscious and able to speak when necessary, but they are generally zoned out during the procedure. This makes it a great option for those who are afraid of going to the dentist. Talk to your dentist to see if this option is right for you.

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