Defeating Your Dental Anxiety

Nov 5, 2018

If you’ve been struggling with a fear of the dentist, that’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Between 9 and 15 percent of Americans are so nervous about the idea of going to the dentist that they avoid it completely! But just because it isn’t uncommon doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Preventing serious dental problems through regular, twice-a-year cleaning appointments is always better than allowing those problems to develop further.

Don’t Let Pop Culture Give You The Wrong Idea About Dentists

Whenever dentists appear in movies and TV shows, we tend to be portrayed in a very over-the-top way that can make us seem much scarier than we are. These fictional stereotypes are relics of the pre-World War II era, before anesthetics were the norm, but modern dental offices have high standards for the care and comfort of patients.

Tips For Overcoming Dental Anxiety

  1. Create a Strategy with Your Dentist The majority of general dentists have experience working with anxious patients. They can help you devise strategies to mitigate your dental anxiety over the long-term. Feel free to open up to your dentist, and you’ll realize there are many options available. Working with your dentist can also ensure treatment is designed to keep you calm as you achieve your desired results.
  2. Bring a Friend Support is important during those moments when we feel most anxious. Ask a friend to join you on your next trip to the dentist. This will help you to know that someone you trust and care for is waiting just around the corner.
  3. Consider Using Relaxation Techniques During Treatment Oftentimes, anxious patients bring a meditation or calming device that can help them to relax during their treatment. You might bring a stress-relief ball or a hand-grip to squeeze during treatment. Having this simple item by your side can help you to stay calm all the way through your treatment.

Get To Know Our Team!

If you or someone you care about struggles with dental anxiety, feel free to schedule a time to come to our practice, meet our team members, and get used to the facility. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you’re with us, and we’ll answer any questions you may have!

We look forward to seeing you soon!