Dental anxiety is real and it destroys more smiles than you might realize. This is a problem that can be treated if you let it. So, if you are afraid of the dental office, stop avoiding appointments and do the following things:
Talk to the Dentist
Tell your dentist how you feel when you are in his office. Make sure he knows about your dental fears and phobias. If your dentist knows, he will be able to determine the best way to manage and help your situation.
Music helps many people relax, so bring an iPod or CD player into the office with you. Listen to calming music throughout your treatment so you can maintain a slow and steady heartbeat and so you won’t feel as nervous.
Discuss Dental Sedation
Dental sedation is a great tool that relaxes many patients when they visit the dentist’s office. Many dentists offer sedatives like oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation. We encourage you to talk to your dentist and discuss your sedative options.
Determine a “stop” signal
Having a stop signal will help you have the control you want during your appointment. Whenever you feel nervous, scared, or uncomfortable, just show your dentist the signal and he will give you the break you need. The signal could be something as simple as raising your hand, blinking three times, or making a coughing sound.
Ask your dentist for the details on the treatment. Have him tell you everything you will experience and have him give you expectations on how the treatment will go. You can also plan breaks during your appointment so you know that you will have time to breathe and relax while you are in the dental chair.
As you do these things, you will notice your anxiety slowly melting away and you will finally feel comfortable in the dental chair. If you would like more tips on how to treat dental anxiety, call Village Pointe Oral Surgery today at 402-317-5657. Dr. Michael Shnayder and our friendly dental team are happy to help you in any way we can!