We all know that dental health is very important, but for some adults, dental anxiety can hinder their ability to get necessary treatment. With further understanding of dental anxiety, and with advanced dental care techniques, we can help patients feel more comfortable visiting the dentist.
How To Tackle Common Triggers
Needles are the #1 fear in the dental office. To help alleviate this fear, numbing alternatives such as topical anesthesia are used to help numb the gums in the area that will receive anesthesia. Dental Design Studio uses a device called The Wand to administer anesthesia. The Wand delivers a computer-regulated flow of anesthesia. This allows for a more comfortable numbing experience. Patients love The Wand!
Some patients feel anxiety because they would like more control over their treatment. We encourage patients to play an active role in their dental care. Our dentists, hygienists, assistants and office team are happy to walk you through your treatment plan and present all the options. You can feel free to ask anyquestions in order to feel better prepared. It can be calming to have open communication with your dentist and to walk through each step of the procedure. You can also develop signs or signals to indicate the need to stop during the procedure.
If you’re worried that your current dental health is “embarrassing”- don’t be! Let us know about your dental health and history, even before your first visit. It’s understandable to feel anxious with someone working in your mouth, but getting everything out in the open can help ease fear of being judged, making you more relaxed for the care you need.
Preparation Is the Key!
Open communication with your dental team can go a long way in alleviating your fears, but self-preparation can also be empowering. Here are a few tips to stay calm throughout the visit.
- Meditate or practice breathing exercises before your visit
- Wear comfortable clothing to your appointments
- Bring calming activities, such as music, books or magazines, to distract you before and during dental treatment
Frequency is Important
The more you visit your dentist, the better you will feel over time – it may be difficult at first, but it will become easier as your dental treatments become more regular. Also, more frequent dental visits can help lower your chances for more invasive procedures. Regardless of your past experience, your oral health is worth working through your anxiety. You may be pleasantly surprised with the advancements in dental treatment and how relaxed and friendly your dental visit can be!