Tips And Tricks To Ease Dental Fear

Tips And Tricks To Ease Dental Fear

Posted by Dr. Larry Leonakis on Mar 13 2023, 05:56 AM

Dental fear or anxiety is very common and affects a large number of people. It goes beyond just nervousness and can prevent people from seeking treatment.

Discuss your fear with your dentist

It is important for you to discuss your fears or anxiety about dental treatments with your dentist. Let them know what scares you and what you can do to ease your concerns. This way, they can make the necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort during your visit to the dental clinic. Don’t be afraid to speak up! 

Agree on a signal

Before your procedure begins, agree on a signal with your dentist. This can be raising your hand or pressing a button to indicate that you are feeling uncomfortable and need a break. A signal can let your doctor know that you are feeling anxious and need help controlling it. It can also let them know when you are feeling fine and want to proceed. They will check in with you periodically throughout the appointment to make sure that you’re feeling okay. If they are performing a complex procedure that requires multiple steps, they might give you a break between each phase to ensure that you don’t have any issues with anxiety or discomfort. They are there to help you through your appointment, so let them know if you’re having any issues so that they can make adjustments as needed. 

Take a friend or family member with you for emotional support

This can make a world of difference for you. Your friend or family member can distract you, soothe you, and keep you calm. They may be the reassuring voice you need during a dental appointment. And make sure they stay with you as you leave the office! You may still be feeling anxious, so having someone accompany you home can be helpful as well.

These tips can help you fight dental fears, but you should consider visiting your dentist regularly anyway. Many oral health issues don’t cause pain until they become severe. But with regular checkups, you can prevent oral health problems from ever occurring in the first place. Feel free to contact a dentist for additional information!

Bring distractions to occupy your mind during procedures

Your dentist will likely suggest bringing a distraction, such as your mobile phone or music player, to lessen your anxiety. However, avoid using it during the procedure as it might ring, vibrate or make a sound that is distracting to the professional. If you bring a loved one, let them sit beside you and lend support. If possible, have them hold your hand to give you a sense of security and comfort. 

Ask about sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is an option if the thought of getting dental treatments makes you anxious. The sedation we offer at our dental office includes oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Talk to your dentist about it and see how it may be of help to you. 

G. Larry Leonakis, DDS, provides regular checkups and treatments and provides patients with the information to make their best decisions. Visit us at 371 S Roop St, Carson City, NV 89701, contact us at (775) 882-0635, or visit our website for further information.

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