Many people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid of dental procedures. However, these procedures are necessary to maintain good oral health. Listed below are some tips to ease dental fear.
Speak up about your fears
Talk to your dentist about your dental fears. Talking about your fear can help you and your dentist to make a plan to overcome it so you can have a more positive experience. Remember to let your dentist know what they can do to help you feel more at ease during your visit.
It’s OK to ask your dentist any questions you have about the procedure you’re scheduled to have. Dentists are experts in their professions and are there to help you. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have so you know what to expect and how the dentist is going to help you.
If you need something to help make you feel more comfortable, such as a blanket or pillow to cover your legs or a more relaxed position to rest in during the procedure, be sure to let your dentist know about it! They’ll do their best to accommodate your needs when you visit. Just be sure to let them know what you want before the procedure, so they have enough time to make arrangements for you.
Be sure to talk with your dentist if there’s a way they can make the experience more comfortable for you. They may be able to help you stay relaxed and keep you busy while they’re working on your teeth.
Agree on a signal
When you go to your dentist appointment, make sure to tell him or her about your fears and concerns. Ask for their advice about how to relax during the procedure. This can help to lower your anxiety levels and make your appointment go more smoothly. You can even agree on a signal with the dentist as a safety measure. For example, you could agree to cover your mouth with a hand if it begins to feel too uncomfortable. Then, the dentist would stop and give you some time to get comfortable again.
If you have a hard time focusing on your appointment or keeping your anxiety at bay, bring a distraction to your appointment. Some people use their phones or music player to listen to their favorite tunes and keep their minds off of things. Others bring a fidget toy to keep their hands busy and distract them from the appointment. Whatever you choose to bring, it should prevent you from focusing on your anxiety and allow you to have peace of mind in the dentist’s chair. However, keep in mind that you might not be able to use these devices if you are sedated. Talk to your dentist about what is and is not allowed on the day of your visit.
Consider sedation dentistry
If you suffer from dental anxiety, are open to it, and your provider recommends it, consider sedation dentistry. This is most commonly administered orally through pills or liquids to induce relaxation or sleep. However, patients may also opt to have nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, which is inhaled through a mask worn over the mouth. The effects subside shortly after the procedure is complete. Note that sedation dentistry does not eliminate all feelings of fear, so you are still likely to feel some discomfort during a procedure under the influence. Talk to your dentist about which option may be best for you.
Schedule an appointment with Lakeview Dental to learn more about good oral care. Visit us at 801 Milwaukee Dr., Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814. Contact us at (208) 664-0884 or visit our website for more information.