Dental fear is a common problem faced by many patients. Dental fear leads to poor oral health. It can even lead to tooth loss. Research has shown that dental fear is the sixth most common phobia.
Speak up about your fears
Talking about your dental fears can help ease your mind in the chair. If your dentist knows about your concerns before you sit in the dentist’s chair, he or she may be better prepared to work with you to alleviate them during your visit. For example, if you’re worried about pain during your appointment, your dentist may use a numbing gel or might recommend an anesthetic injection prior to administering treatment. If you’re afraid of needles, be sure to let the dentist know ahead of time to see if they can offer an alternative method for your procedure.
It can also help to tell your dentist about any past experiences you’ve had that make you feel anxious. For example, maybe you had a tooth pulled by a dentist who was rough. That experience can make your subsequent trips to the dentist more stressful and scary. It’s important to share these kinds of experiences so your dentist can take steps to better accommodate you in the future and help you overcome your anxieties.
Agree on a signal
Before your appointment, make sure that both you and your dentist agree on a signal that you’ll use if you need to take a break or stop the procedure altogether. This way, your dentist will know when to pause and when you simply need a moment to catch your breath and relax. Be sure that your signal is one that can be easily identified by your dentist without requiring him to stop everything and address your needs. For example, raising your hand can be used to indicate to your dental team that you need to take a second to relax before continuing with treatment.
Take a trusted person with you
It can be extremely helpful to have a friend or family member come with you to the dentist’s office for support. They can help remind you to ask your dentist questions, offer support if you get anxious, and help you understand the information your dentist is offering.
Bringing a distraction can be a simple solution to decrease your anxiety during treatments. Don’t be afraid to ask for headphones to listen to music or your favorite show during your treatment. Some dental offices will even provide iPads so patients can play their favorite games during their procedures. Ask your dentist what he suggests you have on hand for your appointment.
Consider sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry can help you feel calmer during your appointments. We offer friendly nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation options to keep you feeling relaxed and comfortable throughout the entirety of your procedure.
To learn more, get in touch with Bonanza East Dental at 4890 E Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89110, or call (702) 649-6859 to book your appointment.