5 Steps to Help You Overcome Dental Phobia
Avoiding dental visits can be extremely detrimental to your overall health. Even so, nearly 10% of people avoid going to the dentist due to dental phobia. If you or your children experience dental phobia, here are a few tips to help you overcome your fears.
1. Distract Yourself
There are a wide variety of techniques you can use to help reduce your dental related anxiety. Listen to calming music or do simple math problems in your head. Use breathing techniques to help you relax. Meditation can also help you to reduce anxiety.
2. Use Comforting Objects or Medication
Familiar objects can help reduce your anxiety. Consider bringing a stress ball with you to help alleviate your anxiety. Alternatively, bring a companion with you to keep you calm. Even if the dentist’s workspace is too cramped for an extra person, knowing that someone is waiting for you nearby can be comforting. Many dentists recommend using anti-anxiety medication or can even provide medication to calm you down.
3. Establish a Signal
Establish a “stop” signal with your dentist. When you use the signal, the dentist will stop and allow you to recover before continuing. This will allow you to feel more in control of the visit, which will also help you to relax.
4. Find the Dentist Who’s Right for You
Everyone has different personalities and there are some personalities that mesh with your own better than others. Your dentist is no exception. Do some research and find a dentist whose personality will help you feel at ease.
5. Face Your Fears
Dental phobia can be caused from a wide variety of things. Prior traumatic dental experiences or even indirect experiences can cause dental phobia. General anxiety can also cause dental phobia. Acknowledge your fears and discuss them with your dentist. Your dentist has dealt with nervous or anxious patients in the past and likely has several techniques for helping to reduce dental anxiety.
Allowing your fear to prevent you visiting the dentist can severely hurt your health. It’s important to take the measures you need to overcome these fears. Your dentist will work with you to make your dental visit as painless as possible. To schedule an appointment, contact Jenson Dental today!