Dental phobia or dental anxiety is the fear of going to the dentist and experiencing pain. People with dental fear avoid going to the dentist even when they notice a problem. As a result, their condition worsens, and they experience more pain, and it costs them much more in the long run. If you are someone with dental anxiety, here are a few helpful tips for you.
Speak up about your fears
Many patients suffer from some level of dental fear or anxiety. Talking about those fears is an important step to overcoming them. We recommend bringing a list of questions and concerns to your visits; your dentists are here to help you feel comfortable and at ease. The more you talk about your anxieties, the easier it will be for your dentist to help address your concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as necessary to address your worries.
If you struggle with high anxiety, ask your dentist about nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation. These options allow you to remain calm and relaxed during your procedure and still respond to the dentist’s instructions if needed. Talk to your dentist if you have severe dental anxiety and feel anxious about undergoing treatment. Your dentist may recommend relaxation techniques or refer you to a therapist who provides cognitive behavioral therapy.
Agree on a signal
Signals are used when you have trouble communicating. For example, you can raise your hand if you think you need a break during the procedure.
Take a trusted person with you
If there is someone you trust who can accompany you to the dentist’s office, bring them along! Having a familiar face by your side can ease your nerves and help you feel more at ease. Your companion can also ask questions for you and take notes during the appointment so you can understand the doctor’s recommendations.
Bring a distraction
If you are feeling nervous or anxious about your upcoming visit, bring a distraction to help calm you down. This could include listening to music, reading a magazine or book, or even doing a puzzle. Some common options are headphones or earbuds to listen to a favorite playlist while receiving treatment. Others like to bring a book or tablet to read.
Consider sedation dentistry
If even thinking about going to the dentist makes you anxious, consider our sedation dentistry service to ease your nerves and help you relax during your care. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as well as a prescribed medication called NuCalm to help you feel at ease during your visit. This allows you to focus fully on getting necessary dental care instead of worrying about all the scary things you hear!
If you are looking for an experienced dentist that can help guide you through the entire procedure, schedule a consultation with our dentists at Eldridge Dental in Houston, Texas. You can reach us at (713) 983-0099 or visit our office at 6370 N. Eldridge Pkwy, Suite B, Houston, TX 77041.
6370 N. Eldridge Pkwy, Suite B, Houston, TX 77041
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