Dental Anxiety and Fear
Dental appointments can cause fear and anxiety for patients. Lots of people imagine the picture of a drill-wielding man in a white coat who is just trying to pull out their teeth and cause them pain. However, in reality, things are different. Good dental practices do not joke with the happiness, relaxation, and comfort of their patients. You will come across staff at the practice who will try their best to provide painless and quick treatments.
The dentist can now use painless laser beams to replace noisy drills, thanks to the recent technological advancements. Several varieties of safe anesthetics are now available to help reduce anxiety and alleviate pain during routine appointments.
Some common dental fears include:
- Fear of being embarrassed about teeth condition
- Fear of injections.
- Fear of gagging.
- Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain.
- Fear of loss of control.
- Fear of the dentist.
- Fear of pain.
- Fear of the drill (or handpiece).
How can one overcome dental anxiety?
Dental fear and anxiety can easily overwhelm anyone. It is estimated that up to 35 million people try to avoid the dental clinic because of fear. It is important to go for regular dental check-ups and cleanings. That is the only way to maintain excellent oral health and avoid some complex treatments.
Some tips that will help you reduce anxiety and fear include:
Talk to us – we do not possess any expertise in mind reading. Though It’s not easy to discuss personal fears, we take extra precaution when such issues are discussed.
Come with a portable music player – Music helps the body to relax and kill any noises that can trigger fear. Listening to music during your appointments can help you reduce anxiety.
Agree on a signal – the fear of most people is that the dentist will fail to notice the fact that they are going through significant pain and will go ahead with the treatment regardless. This situation is best handled by agreeing on a “stop” hand signal. Signals like tapping the chair of raising specific fingers can be easily understood by both parties.
Spray the throat – throat sprays can help you control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays should be enough to keep the reflex in check for about one hour.
Take a mirror – anxiety can increase when the patient does not see what is going on. However, watching the procedure can help the patient keep abreast with reality.
Sedation – sedation represents a great option for lots of people. Though there are various types of sedation, the general idea before them is still the same: the patient awakens to their full faculty after the treatment procedure.
Ask about alternatives – technological advances now makes it possible to access dental microsurgery. Lasers can be used in preparing teeth for fillings, whitening teeth, and removing staining. Discuss every option with us and pick the one that is not only effective but also produces minimal anxiety.
For questions about how we can help you in overcoming fear and anxiety, please get in touch with our office.