Everyone knows how important it is to visit the dentist regularly — and not just when you’re having pain or another issue. By sticking to the schedule your dentist recommends, many potential issues can be addressed before they become worse. Dental anxiety can make doing so difficult.
What is Dental Anxiety?
It’s estimated that dental anxiety affects as many as 24 percent of people globally. Dental anxiety refers to feelings of stress, fear and/or anxiety that many people feel when they visit the dentist.
In some cases, dental anxiety can be traced to certain triggers like the sound of the drill or a concern about needles. Other people might feel stressed about the dentist office in general or sitting in the dental chair.
Other possible causes of dental anxiety include:
- a previous traumatic experience at the dental or another medical office
- general trust issues or a mistrust of medical professionals
- unrelated trauma to the head and/or neck
- some types of medical conditions such as generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression
- a fear of losing control
- viewing the mouth as a personal space and accessing it is an invasion
- previous traumatic experiences
How to Cope With Dental Anxiety
Maintaining your dental health is an important part of staying healthy overall. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can use to cope with a fear of the dentist.
Using meditation — either alone or in combination with deep breathing — can help reduce dental anxiety. Many people find that relying on a distration, such as their favorite music or a melody that is relaxing, is useful when they have anxiety about a dental visit. Using a screen as a tool of distraction can also be helpful.
Enlisting in the Help of Your Dentist
Your dentist is also an excellent source of help when it comes to coping with dental anxiety. It is their desire to make your every experience as pleasant and satisfying as possible. In addition, your dentist understands that experiencing a dental procedure or getting through a routine dental visit can be an anxiety-provoking experience for many of their patients.
Sedation dentistry is a simple and effective way that your dentist can use to help relax both your mind and your body. Whether you need to have a routine cavity filling, a root canal or another procedure, having access to sedation dentistry right there in the dentist office means that there is no pain or anxiety. You’re relaxed during the entire procedure — so much so that you might even drift off to sleep for a few minutes.
Dental anxiety is a condition that can be addressed with the right approach. Working closely with your dentist is the key to having a good experience.
At Smile Workshop, your comfort and satisfaction is our number one goal. Our skilled and compassionate team partners with you to protect your oral health while providing you with an environment that is comfortable and safe. Contact us today to learn more about what Smile Workshop has to offer both adults and children or to schedule an appointment.