People love to complain about going to the dental office. Shots, drills, personal bubbles - we get it. The reality is, though, that many people suffer from genuine dental anxiety and Carolina Family Dental wants to help.
Have you ever put off oral health care or went into it assuming the worst? If so, you may feel some of these:
Worried that a new procedure will be like a previous bad experience
Fearful of pain
Stressed with an anxiety disorder
Wary of needles or blood
Uncomfortable with someone in your personal space
Distrust of analgesia
Since doing Tai Chi in a dental office is pretty awkward for everyone, let’s come up with some other ways to reduce anxiety.
Many of the ways to reduce dental anxiety are also true for everyday life. You’ll recognize these:
Get more sleep
Eat and drink with your mood in mind, avoiding over caffeinating, over eating, and overloading your body with excessive sugar
In extreme cases, some people recommend hypnosis and guided imagery, but for almost everyone, there are some tried and true strategies for lessening the effects of dental anxiety:
Go to the dentist more often to build trust and comfort with the staff and procedures
Bring someone with you
Consider medication for severe cases
Use sedation if necessary and appropriate
Tell your dentist about your anxiety
Ask your dentist to explain the process
Breathe deeply and purposefully
Use meditative practices
Distract yourself with music or video if allowed
These are just some of the techniques you can employ to improve your overall experience. You can also try clenching your fists, squeezing the sides of your pants and having your whole body seize up in anticpati–. Wait a minute. That’s the opposite. Just stick to the suggestions above and you will likely quell some of that nervous energy.
If you’re near the Grand Strand area, we would love a chance to care for you. So contact us with questions or to set up a consultation. We provide excellent dental care and would love an opportunity to prove it!