Many people in the world today suffer from dental anxiety, and it usually results in major dental problems and poor oral health. If you are afraid of the dental office and everything associated with it, we have some suggestions for you:
Talk to the Dentist
Make sure your dentist knows how you feel in the dental chair. If you tell him, he will be able to determine the best course of action to help and manage your dental anxiety. This will greatly improve your dental experience.
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 tool that helps many people relax during their dental appointments. Many dentists offer sedatives like nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. If you are interested in this benefit, just talk to your dentist about your options.
Determine a “stop” signal
If you and your dentist determine a stop signal before you begin treatment, you will have the control you need during your dental appointment. Your signal could be anything from raising your hand, making a coughing sound, or blinking three times.
Breaks are great when you are nervous and scared. So, before your treatment begins, talk to your dentist about every step of your appointment and plan breaks anytime that is necessary. This will help you ease through your treatment as well as help you see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Call Wellwood Family Dentistry today at 410.486.3898 if you would like to talk to our dental team about additional ways to solve your dental anxiety. We are here to help you in any way we can and we would love to talk to you about ways we can make our dental office a better place for you and your family. Just call 410.486.3898 now and tell us what you think!