Most people don't particularly enjoy going to the dentist, but when an upcoming dental visit has you feeling so nervous and uptight that your heart starts pounding and your hands start shaking, you're likely suffering from dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist and dental anxiety are very common, and they keep many patients from seeking the dental care they need. If the idea of visiting the dentist makes you anxious, here are some tips that may help calm your nerves and make your appointments more tolerable. Talk to the office about your anxiety.
Dental receptionists, assistants, and dentists themselves are no strangers to dental anxiety. When you call to make your appointment, let the receptionist know that you're very anxious. He or she can share this information with your dentist, who can then work more slowly and calmly to ensure you're feeling comfortable.
Tell a friend about your concerns.
Many people with dental anxiety make matters worse by conceiving all sorts of scary, yet unlikely scenarios in their head. Maybe you're afraid the anesthesia won't work or that your teeth will fall out. These worries are unfounded, and if you tell a friend about them, hearing the words come out of your own mouth may help you realize just how silly your worries are.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
A lot of dental anxiety stems from uncertainty about what's wrong with your tooth or what a procedure involves. Ask your dentist questions; he or she will be happy to answer. The more you know about what's going on, the more confident you'll feel.
Try dental sedation.
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for those with dental anxiety, especially if you need to have a lot of work done. The sedation "takes the edge off" and helps you relax.
There are several types of sedation dentistry. Inhalation sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which makes you feel relaxed and free-spirited while also increasing your pain tolerance. Oral sedatives, which are taken by mouth, are another popular choice. Some patients receive IV sedation, during which a sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream. You remain conscious throughout the experience, though after your appointment, you may feel as though you slept right through it.
Shorline Dental Studio is sensitive to patients with dental anxiety and offers sedation dentistry to help anxious patients relax. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.