3 Ways to Ease Dental Anxiety

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Does the thought of going to the dentist make you want to hide under your bed? You’re not alone. Many people neglect to get the dental care they need because of being afraid of dentist visits and the symptoms that accompany them. Dental anxiety ranges from mild nervousness to severe panic. It can even cause physical symptoms like nausea, heart palpitations, and sweaty hands. Fortunately, today’s advanced dentistry techniques are more comfortable than ever, and dentists take patient fears into account when planning treatments. Here are a few tips to help you and your dentist in Baltimore reduce your dental anxiety.

Anxiety-Busting Strategies

  1. Share your dental fear with your dentist. If you are afraid of dentist tools or strange smells, or you’re worried about side effects of anesthetics, don’t be embarrassed to talk about it. Once your dental team understands what makes you nervous and why, they can adjust the treatment to lessen your fears.
  2. Make your visit less stressful by scheduling your appointment when you aren’t likely to feel rushed. You may find an early morning or Saturday appointment less demanding. Before your appointment, try practicing relaxation techniques or listening to some soft music.
  3. If the sound of a dental drill makes you uneasy, wear headphones and listen to your favorite tunes during your procedure. Some clinics offer television or DVD entertainment to distract patients during treatment. If you’re not sure what options your dentist offers, ask the staff.

Keep Trying to Overcome Your Dental Fear

The above techniques work for many patients, but if they don’t help you, don’t give up. Talk to your dentist and your doctor about managing your dental anxiety. If conservative measures don’t work, you may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy or anti-anxiety medications. Some trial and error may be required to find the right solution, but your healthy smile is well worth the effort.

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