Dental anxiety or fear of going to the dentist is a very common phenomenon among people of various age group, race, or background.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that 15% of Americans suffer from this condition. While the causes for fearing the dentist are quite varied, most of them actually stems from fear of the unknown.
Assuming the worst without any valid basis can trigger anxiety, which is why you should try to learn more about the dental procedure you need to undergo to beat nervousness since knowledge gives you power. Educating yourself helps you to be mentally and physically prepared, thereby easing the unreasonable fear.
Other Ways to Cope with Dental Anxiety
There are several ways on how to cope with dental anxiety apart from arming yourself with loads of information, so you know what to expect. For one, you can come visit us first and see how we deal with our patients.
Have a look around, chat with our receptionist, and ask us questions. Feel free to share your thoughts and what you are most anxious about when you think about dental examinations or checkups. This way we can rationally and objectively address what you are anxious about.
Secondly, you can also come to your appointment with your friend, so you have someone you trust to support and be with you during the whole time. You can also bring your earphone and listen to music while we check your teeth to keep your focus off your fear towards something that you perceive to be more enjoyable.
You can also suggest for us to take breaks if you feel overwhelmed or to come up with hand signals, so you can still communicate what you want even when you are unable to talk during a dental procedure.
Whatever it is, we are here to help you not only with your oral health needs, but for you to appreciate the benefits of paying us a regular visit as well.