Dental Tips Blog

Jun
22

Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety

Dentistry has come a long ways from the drill-and-fill operation it used to be known as. If you’ve had a bad experience, then you may understandably be anxious about dental care.

How can you counter those dental fears and get access to the dental care you need and deserve?

Address Your Concerns

Begin by writing down a list of your questions and fears. For example, some patients have sensitive teeth. Others are nervous about anesthetic injections. Draft your list and then share it with your local dental office. Ask for a consultation just to ask your questions, take a tour, and find out how they are prepared to put your mind at ease.

Anxiety Management in Dentistry

Modern dentistry incorporates a variety of effective methods for making your dental procedure as comfortable as possible. These include:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Calmly talking you through a procedure so that there are no surprises
  • Sedation with oral medication
  • Relaxation with laughing gas (nitrous oxide)
  • Television
  • Blankets and pillows

Lower Your Stress

What else can you do prior to a dental appointment to help yourself relax?

Schedule your appointments at a time when you feel the most relaxed and aren’t in a hurry. Bring your favorite music or audio book and headphones along to help tune out noises and distract you from the work being done. Ask a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment so that you don’t have to worry about concentrating on that.

By planning ahead and getting to know the team at your local dentist office, you can give yourself a lot of peace of mind! Call your dentist today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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