Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Hold You BackDental anxiety is a common problem that can make it difficult for patients to get the dental care they need. But talking to your dentist about your anxiety can help to make your visits more comfortable and less stressful. Here are some tips to help you approach the conversation with your dentist:
- Be honest and open: The first step in overcoming dental anxiety is to acknowledge that it exists. Be honest with your dentist about your fears and concerns. Let them know that you are looking for ways to manage your anxiety.
- Ask questions: It’s important to understand what to expect during your dental visits, so don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions about the procedures and treatments you will be undergoing. Understanding what’s happening can help to alleviate anxiety.
- Talk about your triggers: If certain triggers make your anxiety worse, let us know. For example, if the sound of the drill is particularly stressful, your dentist may be able to offer noise-cancelling headphones or other strategies to help.
- Discuss sedation options: For some patients, sedation can be an effective way to manage dental anxiety. Talk to us about the different options available, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedatives.
- Develop a plan: Once we’ve discussed your anxiety, we will work together to develop a plan for managing it. This might include strategies such as relaxation techniques, distraction techniques, or scheduling shorter appointments.