We’ve all felt those all-too-familiar butterflies as we sit in the waiting room of the dentist’s office. But for some people, it’s more than just butterflies, it’s full-blown fear. If you feel major anxiety when you go to the dentist, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly 36% of the population admits to having dental anxiety and 12% suffer from severe dental fear.
Dental fear is not a reason to avoid regular dental check-ups. Avoiding regularly scheduled cleanings will only result in an increased risk of more serious dental problems. The goal is to cope with your fear in a way that is productive and allows you to say goodbye to the butterflies!
What Causes Dental Fear?
If you find yourself sitting in a dentist’s office with sweaty palms, a racing heartbeat, feelings of panic, or just generally feeling like you’re going to faint, you probably have dental anxiety.
There are a variety of factors that can cause a fear of the dentist, including:
- A previously traumatic dental experience
- Head or neck trauma
- Fear of a loss of control
- Trust issues
- Generalized anxiety issues
Since dental anxiety is fairly common, it can affect people of all ages.
The Best Trick to Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety
There are many tricks and tips available online to help nervous dental patients to overcome their anxiety. Everything from meditation to hypnosis is an option when it comes to managing fear associated with dental visits.
However, there is one trick that can help you to conquer your fear and it’s something you’ve probably never even considered. And even better, it’s as easy as it can possibly get.
The very best trick to overcome dental anxiety is to choose the right dentist. Yes, it’s really that simple. Finding a dentist who is sympathetic to this type of fear and is open to having a dialogue with you before your visit is the best way to set yourself up for success.
Telling your dentist upfront about your fears, what typically triggers them, and ways you have tried in the past to cope with them is a great way to help your dentist work with you to find a solution.
All of your coping techniques will work better if your dentist supports your efforts. Plus, the dentist can offer you additional solutions to ease your mind and your nerves, including:
- Relative analgesia (happy gas)
- Anxiety relieving medication
- Conscious sedation
- General anesthesia
If you can find a dentist who makes you feel comfortable despite your anxiety while having a conversation, then you will most likely feel more comfortable with them when it comes time for your appointment. Don’t be afraid to call several dentist’s offices before choosing the right one for you. It has to be a good fit and a supportive environment for you to overcome your fears.
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