Published On: Fri, Nov 20th, 2020

Tips for Reducing Dental Anxiety

Most people know someone who has some fear of going to the dentist. If you or someone you know struggles with this, here are some tips that can help.

Pick an Understanding Dentist

Most dentists have been trained to speak with a friendly voice and describe things about the procedure in a way that is not threatening. If your child’s dentist doesn’t seem friendly or you feel intimidated, you may want to consider a different dentist.

Dental Anxiety

Learn About Dental Tools

While you could get down to the nitty-gritty of dental o rings and gaskets, you probably don’t need to get down to that level of understanding as far as dental tools are concerned. However, knowing what each tool is used for can help mitigate how intimidating they look and can ease your concerns.

Tell Your Dentist About Your Concerns

Letting your dentist know in advance that you or your child suffers from dental anxiety can go a long way toward reducing that fear. You may even want to arrange a short appointment just to meet and visit with the dentist so you can get to know him or her so you feel more trusting when you have your actual appointment.

Find a Distraction

Many dental offices include headphones that are connected to a radio station or to the television to help you keep your mind off the procedure. You can bring your own headphones or earphones with your iPod or phone and listen to your own playlist to keep yourself calm. You may prefer to take earplugs with you to eliminate all the noise. Some dental offices provide weighted blankets to help patients feel warm and comfortable in what is often a cold, clinical environment.

Prevent Cavities

If you do a good job taking care of your teeth, the likelihood is that you won’t need to visit the dentist for scary procedures. Follow the recommended method of brushing and flossing and any other tips your dentist gives you. If you can get yourself used to the checkup and teeth cleaning that is recommended every six months, that may be the only type of visit you need.

Some people are predisposed to teeth that need more care. Your dentist can let you know if there is anything else you can do to help prevent decay.

Dental anxiety is a real thing that should not be ignored. By talking about your fears and doing some things to help reduce them, you will be better able to visit the dentist.