Tactics to Calm Dental Anxiety

tactics to overcome dental anxietyMost patients run from the sight of a clinic. Even though they are aware of the importance of going to the dentist, there is a fear of seeing one. This fear can be linked to previous visits in which they might of experienced pain, embarrassment, or countless other reasons. 

 

Our dentists at ThoroughDent Smiles, Dr. Kristina Neda and Dr. Jordan Smith, explain how patients can be better prepared for visits with their dentist. 

 

  1. Be open about your fear: You need to let your dentist know that you have a fear of the dentist. Dentists can’t read your mind and once they know of this fear, they can take precautions to ensure to make you feel more comfortable. They can help with any treatment that you may need from regular checkups to a serious procedure.
  2. Plan your appointment when you are free: The last thing you want when you go to the dentist is to be stressed about having to go somewhere immediately after it. You want your body to relax while you are at the dentist so make sure you schedule your appointment on a day you are free.
  3. Pay attention to your water and food intake: You want to be careful of what you consume before your appointment. Don’t consume anything that is high on sugar or caffeine. This will make you jittery during the visit which will not help with your nerves. Have water or something that is caffeine-free before your visit.
  4. Take deep breaths as you wait: Taking deep breaths can help you relax and calm down. As you wait for your turn at the dentist, take deep breaths and calm yourself down.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly: By visiting your dentist on a regular basis, you make sure your body and mind are accustomed to going to the dentist. Most dentists will sit you down and tell you beforehand exactly what the procedures during the visit entail. This helps you relax ahead of time as you know what will happen. By going to the dentist regularly, you build a relationship with them which allows them to treat you better and also for you to be more at ease with them.
  6. Let your dentist know if you are interested in medication: If you are afraid of pain, let your dentist know. They can offer solutions to help with the pain such as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, numbing agents, and even anesthetics. This falls under the category of sedation dentistry.  

 

Dental anxiety is real and your dentist is aware of it. You don’t need to hide your anxiety from your dentist. At ThoroughDent Smiles, we offer sedation dentistry. This is to ensure that patients with a severe fear of dentists can still get oral treatment. This is one of the reasons why our dentists are considered to be the best dentists in Georgetown, KY. Give us a call and we can help you get the oral treatment you need, no matter how afraid you are of the dentist.