Dental Anxiety- It’s Real
Have you ever skipped a dental appointment because you were nervous? You are not alone! Many people share this anxiety and fear. Dental visits are not always pleasant, but they are necessary for your overall health. Here are some quick tips and tricks on how to deal with the nerves.
Maybe you had an appointment many years ago that felt a little uncomfortable. Good news! There are a host of new products these days that are used to help with the pain and discomfort. Topical anesthetic gels and dental patches are used to keep patients comfortable during injections and deep cleanings. “Laughing gas” or nitrous oxide is also used to ease the discomfort and calm the nerves a bit. Ask your dentist about the use of some of these products. Some are even covered by insurance.
Get the Facts:
Before your appointment, ask your dentist or the office staff what to expect. Let them know what your fears and concerns are. They can walk you through what he/she will be doing so you know what to expect. Tell your dentist about the difficulties you have had in the past so that they can best accommodate those fears and make sure they won’t happen again. Addressing your concerns and knowing what to expect can dramatically reduce those anxieties!
Ask your provider what resources they offer to make you more comfortable. Many dentists have televisions where you can watch your favorite shows! Music is also a great option. Turn on your favorite tunes and drown out all the strange sounds that the dental office can bring. Distracting yourself can be a great way to get your mind off of all your worries and fears.
Create a Sign:
Before your dentist starts a procedure establish a sign that shows that you are experiencing discomfort. For example, raising your hand or giving “thumbs up” can be a great way to get your message across so that your dentist knows exactly how you are feeling. Your dentist really does care about your comfort!