What's Dental Anxiety and How Do You Deal With it?

Going to the dentist isn’t the most fun way to spend part of your day. Sitting still in a chair with your mouth open while someone sticks tools in your mouth isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. However, some people suffer from intense dental anxiety that causes them to really dread appointments and feel highly stressed while they are there

At Morning Dental, we are focused on providing high quality dental services in a safe and comfortable environment that makes you feel relaxed. Skilled and compassionate dentists Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Florman DDS make taking care of your teeth easy and convenient. If you are experiencing dental anxiety, talk to our dentists about ways you can manage it.

What’s dental anxiety?

Everyone feels some anxiety when they have an upcoming medical appointment. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable being examined, have worries about getting test results, and stress about possibly getting worrisome news. 

However, some people experience intense anxiety over dental appointments that can make anticipating and being at the dentist’s office extremely stressful. This may cause them to avoid going to the dentist when they should, increasing the chances of needing more complex treatments.

How do you deal with it?

If you are experiencing dental anxiety, there are a number of things that you can do which will help you cope.

Tell your dentist

It’s best to talk with your dentist about what you are feeling so he or she can help you figure out what to do. There are ways that our dentists can adapt their treatment methods to make you more comfortable if you tell them you are feeling nervous about appointments.

Tune in

For some people, the noises in a dental office can increase their anxiety. Ask your dentist if it’s okay for you to bring in headphones so you can listen to calming music during your appointment to keep your nerves at bay.

Communicate

It can be awkward to talk when your dentist has tools in your mouth, but you need to feel that you can still express yourself if there is a problem. Agree on certain hand signals when you need a break or something is wrong, so your dentist can understand what you are experiencing. 

Foods to avoid

Foods that contain a lot of sugar aren’t great for your teeth, and can also contribute to you feeling jumpy. The same goes for drinks that contain caffeine. Avoiding sugar and caffeine before your appointment can help you feel more calm during your dental visit. 

Breathe

Being in the dentist’s chair can make you feel like you need to hold your breath, which can contribute to anxiety. Focus on taking deep, even breaths to make yourself feel more calm. If you need a break to breathe, communicate this to your dentist.

If you are experiencing dental anxiety, we can help you figure out ways to decrease your stress and make dental visits easier. Call one of our offices to set up an appointment, or use our online booking system today.

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