Dental anxiety is a common problem for many people, and it frequently prevents them from seeking required dental care. Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience for some people, who may suffer symptoms such as sweating, shaking, and rapid heartbeat. This fear can prevent them from getting necessary dental care, resulting in neglect and deterioration of their oral health.
At Smiles Unlimited, we understand the importance of providing a warm, welcoming, and relaxed atmosphere for our patients, which is why we have put together some tips and techniques to help you overcome your dental anxiety.
How to Overcome Dental Anxiety
- Find an ideal dentist
Finding a dental professional that you trust and feel comfortable with is key to overcoming dental anxiety. Look for a dentist that takes the time to listen to your concerns and makes you feel at ease. You can ask friends, family members, or online reviews for recommendations or look for a dentist that specializes in treating patients with dental anxiety.
- Communication is key
One of the most important things you can do to overcome dental anxiety is to openly communicate with your dentist. Our team at Smiles Unlimited is highly trained in handling patients with dental anxiety, and we will do everything we can to make your experience comfortable. If you have any concerns, it’s good that you let us know so that we can tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.
- Distraction techniques
Most patients like focusing on something else while undergoing dental procedures to help reduce their dental anxiety. We offer various forms of entertainment such as headphones and music to help you relax. Our team will also take the time to explain every step of the procedure and we encourage you to ask any questions you may have.
For those with severe dental anxiety, sedation may be necessary. Smiles Unlimited offers both nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) and intravenous (IV) sedation to help you relax and feel comfortable during your appointment. Our experienced team will discuss the different options with you and recommend the best approach for your individual needs.
- Gradual exposure
If you have a phobia of dental procedures, it may be helpful to start with a simple appointment, such as a check-up, before moving on to more complex procedures. This gradual exposure to the dental environment will help you to feel more comfortable and confident each time you visit.
- Mindfulness and breathing exercises
Breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques can help you to relax and feel calm during your dental appointment. Our team will be happy to guide you through these exercises, and you can also practice them at home to help you feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist.
At Smiles Unlimited, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile and we are committed to helping you overcome your dental anxiety so that you can enjoy the many benefits of a healthy mouth. With the right support and techniques, dental anxiety can be managed and overcome allowing you to get the dental care you need and deserve.