Dental phobia is a common condition that causes people to avoid the dentist. If left untreated, dental phobia can lead to serious oral health issues.
Discuss your fears with your dentist
Fear of pain is the number one concern that patients express before visiting a dentist. It is normal to be afraid of the unknown. Therefore, you can discuss your fears and concerns with your dentist to help ease your anxiety. Some dentists offer headphones and televisions in the patient’s room so you can listen to music or watch a movie during your procedure. Others also recommend bringing a distraction like a book or a handheld game to keep your mind occupied during the treatments.
Agree on a signal
It’s important that you communicate with your dentist regarding your concerns and fears. This will help both of you work on a solution together to alleviate your anxiety. You may also agree upon a signal in case it gets unbearable for you during the treatment. You can raise your hand as a signal, or you can press a small button on your tooth tray to signal that it’s time to stop the procedure.
Bring your companion for support
Bringing a family member or a friend to your appointment can help ease your anxiety during the visit. They can help you stay calm and occupied throughout the procedure by talking with you or by distracting you from the procedure. Distractions will also help keep you from thinking about what is happening inside the mouth.
Bring a distraction with you
Bringing a distraction can help occupy your mind during the procedure. You can bring headphones and listen to music or audiobooks to relax. You can also listen to podcasts that can make you forget about the time and put you at ease. Some dental offices have televisions in the operatory. Consider bringing your favorite shows so you won’t even pay attention to the treatment preparation process. However, you need to have your full attention on your dentist while undergoing the procedure because you need to follow the instructions provided to achieve optimal results. Talk to your dentist about your options for relaxation to have a successful treatment.
Consider sedation dentistry
There are a variety of options to help patients relax or feel no pain during dental procedures. The dentist may recommend oral sedation to help you stay relaxed and calm during treatment. This form of sedation is taken in the form of a pill that you take one hour before the procedure begins. Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate, so talk it over with the dentists to know what’s best for you. If oral sedation is not a good option for you, then you can also opt for nitrous oxide or IV sedation. These forms of sedation are administered through a breathing mask or through an injection. Discuss these options in detail with the dentists to know which one is right for you and your procedure.
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