How to Deal with Dental Anxiety?

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If you are nervous or scared about going to the dentist, relax, as you are not the only one experiencing it. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid the dentist because they are afraid or anxious about the procedure. Indeed, it’s a global truth.

If you’re like most people, you experience some level of anxiety when faced with the possibility of a dentist appointment. It’s unnerving to have someone examine a private portion of your body, such as your mouth, gums, or teeth.

And, for some individuals, this uneasiness is more than slightly disturbing. Individuals who suffer from solid kinds of dental anxiety may become so terrified of the dentist that they avoid it to the point where minor problems become severe.

Tips for Dealing With Dental Anxiety

One of the most effective strategies for combating anxieties is to have pleasant experiences that negate those fears. Doing this will be beneficial to overcome the anxiety. These recommendations can assist you in resolving, or at the very least manage, your dental anxiety, allowing you to receive the necessary oral health treatment to benefit your dental and general health.

Talk About It
  • When scheduling your appointment, inform the receptionist that you are fearful of dentist appointments. Share any negative experiences you’ve had in the past and get advice on coping mechanisms.
  • Do not be scared to inquire. Often, knowing what will follow alleviates any anxiety of the unknown.
Find Distraction
  • Breathe slowly and count your breaths to keep your mind away from getting anxious.  Do this five times while waiting for your appointment or while in the dental chair.
  • Do a mental body scan. Relax your muscles one at a time. Begin from the top and work your way down. For example, focus on relieving stress in your forehead, cheeks, neck, and body.
Use Mindfulness Techniques
  • Deep breathing helps you in relaxing your muscles tension. It can also relieve gum pain by providing relaxation.
  • Do exercise. Focus on relaxing your muscles. Start relaxing your body from head to toes. Start relaxing your tension in the forehead, then your cheeks, neck, and down to remaining body parts.

Even though most individuals are unaware of what the dentist is searching for during a dental check, frequent dental appointments can help you avoid many of the potentially more frightening consequences associated with poor oral health care. You can obtain the necessary preventative care by overcoming dental fear and perhaps avoiding more invasive dental procedures and therapies.

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*Neither this nor any other content in this media is meant to prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. We highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition.

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