Modern dentistry allows dentists to help patients who have dental anxiety by overcoming their fears. Alongside treatments, dentists are also well equipped in making sure the environment for anxious patients is as relaxed and comforting as possible.
Do you suffer from dental anxiety and worry about the impact it may have on your oral health? You are not alone. Dental anxiety is common in many patients, stemming from the following typical reasons:
- Feeling embarrassed about the state of their oral health
- General fears about sedation
- Bad experiences of visiting the dentist in the past
- Fears of sharp objects, such as injections pressing into the gums
- Lack of trust for the dentist
Today, many dental practices offer comprehensive support to ensure you don’t need to fear the dentist anymore. Dental check-ups every so often are essential to overall positive wellbeing. Once you’ve made your first step into the dental practice, you won’t look back.
To help, below are four key tips in overcoming dental anxiety at the dentist:
Sharing Your Fears
The dentist can only ensure your environment at the practice caters to your needs and expectations if they know what fears you have. Sharing your fears is an essential first step. This will ensure the dentist can adapt to your needs so that your check-up is adjusted to ensure that you’re comfortable upon your visit. The dentist is well-equipped to work in a number of different ways and adapting to your needs is part of it.
Be Familiar With Your Environment
Sometimes, one helpful step is to enter the dental practice before your appointment and to become familiar with the environment. This can significantly reduce your dental anxiety. Be upfront with your dentist and request a short period of time before your check-up and pay a visit to the treatment room that you will use.
Before your check-up, you’re likely to experience anxious feelings as the appointment time draws near. A useful technique to keep yourself calm is meditation. Meditation keeps your mind relaxed and reduces any tension feeling. Take some slow and deep breaths to relax your muscles and clear the mind before you step into the practice. This may not work for everybody, but meditation has proven to eliminate anxiety for a period of time.
Take A Companion
If you’re anxieties continue at the dentist, consider taking a companion with you. This can be a family relative or a friend, somebody that can offer you the support you need to get you through your appointment. This will help calm your fears and anxieties.
Understand Pain Sensations
If your anxieties stem from fear of needles and treatment pain, it is worth asking the dentist about the kind of pain to expect. You may experience some relief in knowing about pain thresholds. The dentist can tell you about the kind of sensation you may experience if, for example, a needle or a drill is used. If you know about the level of pain you’ll experience, you can prepare yourself.
Are these valid reasons as to why you avoid dental check-ups? Anxieties at the dentist increase the risk of poor oral health. Whilst brushing and flossing teeth at home is a basic but important step as part of oral hygiene, this falls short of a strong routine. Visiting the dentist regularly is essential because they’re most knowledgeable in understanding the state of your oral health and offering oral health advice.
Dental anxiety can be addressed in multiple ways and is unique to every individual. At Burwood Dental Care, we are here to listen to your fears and personalise your experience in a comforting way that suits you.