Dental Anxiety & How To Overcome It
You’re not alone. While it’s impossible to get an exact number, a small study found that around 58% of people have some fear of visiting the dentist. While the anxiety itself is a concern, what’s worse is that this anxiety could hinder people keeping dental appointments.
The longer they wait, the worse the condition of their teeth and gums may get. A person who regularly sees the dentist is normally in and out in under and hour. But a person who waits may find they need two or three appointments. Fortunately, there are some clear and effective strategies to overcome this anxiety and get you back on track with your dentist. Let’s take a look!
1. Address the Fear Directly
What are you really afraid of? Are you nervous because movies tell you you should be? Was your older sister or father nervous? Did you have a bad experience with dentists as a child? One of the best ways to overcome anxiety is to get to the root of what’s causing this fear. Often, simply by facing it, you’ll realize that it doesn’t have to control you. Each visit will get easier and easier.
2. Explore Mindfulness Techniques
Mindfulness may sound mystical, but it’s simply the act of staying present. When thoughts begin to race or emotions get out of hand, mindfulness brings you back to a calmer place. You are safe. You are comfortable. Your dentist is skilled and caring. Try deep breathing for starters. Take a long, deep breath in through your nose. Release. Do this slowly for a couple minutes. You’ll notice that you physically and mentally feel better after just a few short breaths.
Counting backward from 100 slowly
Stating all the things you’re grateful for one after the other
Thinking happy thoughts
3. Know that the Whole Office Matters
You may choose a dentist because they have experience, take your insurances or have been recommended by a friend. But when it comes to overcoming dental anxiety, it’s important to recognize the value of their staff. If staff make you feel rushed, ashamed or less than the valuable patient you are, this increases anxiety before you ever reach the dentist chair. Our team is qualified, experienced and caring. We put you at ease for your visit.
We can overcome this anxiety together. Contact the professionals at Dentistry On Carmel today.