Dental anxiety or phobia is the fear of going to the dentist. It is quite common for dental anxiety to develop, and it can range from a fear of needles or drills to feeling scared or uncomfortable in the dentist's chair.
Discuss your fears with the dentist
Some patients feel scared or anxious before a dental treatment appointment. This is normal. However, this should not prevent you from going to your dentist's office for regular cleanings and check-up appointments. During your visit, discuss your concerns with your dentist and let him/her know about your fear. This way, he/she will be able to work with you to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you.
Agree on a signal
Talk to your dentist before a procedure and agree on a signal you can use to let her know when you need a break, or you need to stop the procedure altogether. This will ease some of your anxiety and help you feel more in control.
Take a friend or family member with you for emotional support
Sometimes just having a loved one around can help you relax. If seeing the dentist causes you to have anxiety, ask your spouse or family member to join you in the exam room. They can offer moral support and help you stay calm during the procedure.
Some practices even offer group or family appointments. During these visits, the dental care team can screen multiple patients at once, and family members can watch each other receive treatment. This can help ease any fears they may also have about the dental visit.
Ask for sedation dentistry
Dental Sedation is the use of medication to help a patient relax during dental treatment. Patients typically fall asleep but can also be awake and relaxed. The type of sedation used depends on the needs of the patient and the procedure being performed. Most dentists will require a consultation before providing sedation to ensure the patient can handle the effects of sedative medications.
There are many types of sedation available, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Talk with your dentist about which option is right for you.
Bring distractions to occupy your mind during procedures.
Bringing someone with you to your appointment can also help you stay calm and relaxed during a stressful time. In addition, bring a distraction item such as a book, magazine, music to listen to, etc., to keep you occupied while you are in the dentist's chair.
Our staff at Woodruff Family Dental is available to assist you and your entire family in taking care of your oral health. Call (870) 972-8190 to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Come see us at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or send us an email.