Dental anxiety is common for both children and adults. Getting work done at the dentist can be painful at times and sometimes it gets a bad rep. But there is no need to fear! At Fort Union Family Dental, we strived to ensure that you have the best experience possible. If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about your next visit, try a few of these techniques to help work through it.
Talk About It
Talk to your dentist about your anxiety, they may be able to help. Your dentist and their staff will likely have experience in dealing with those with dental anxiety. They can answer your questions, clear up some of your concern, and catering your experience to your needs. If your anxiety is caused by a bad experience at the dentist, let your dentist know. They may be able to prevent anything like that from happening again. Some clear communication may help to clear up some of your anxiety.
It can also help to talk with others who have experienced dental anxiety. Sharing your experience and learning about their experiences may help you both work through things.
If you’ve tried other methods and you’re still feeling anxiety—try distracting yourself. Many dentists have TV screens above their chairs to help draw your attention. If this isn’t an option, you may be able to try listening to something like a book, music, or podcast. Using a stress ball or playing with a handheld object can help to get some of your anxiety out. You may also be able to take your mind off it by talking with someone present or visualizing that you are somewhere else—somewhere that you’re comfortable.
Determine Your Source of Anxiety
What is it that’s causing your anxiety exactly? Getting to the source of the problem will help you to deal with it. For example, if your anxiety is due to finances, dealing with before heading into your dentist will help you have a better experience. If your anxiety is due to feeling pain, you may be able to discuss that with your dental and explore other options. Whatever the source of your anxiety may be, deciphering it may help to resolve it.
Practicing some breathing exercises can help deal with all kind of anxiety. Add some meditation into your daily routine. There are simple breathing exercises that can be done in just a few minutes. Try breathing in for four seconds, holding it for seven seconds, and breathing out for eight seconds. Focus on breathing into your belly and not your chest, deep breathing is very good for you. Just closing your eyes and breathing deeply can do a lot for you.
Come see us at Fort Union Family Dental for a good experience! We’re happy to work with you in whatever way you are comfortable. Whether you’re new to the dentist or just have always dreaded, let us give you a good experience.