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Overcoming Fear and Anxiety About the Dentist

It’s totally normal to experience some trepidation when it comes to going to the dentist. But for 5 to 8 percent of the American population, this anxiety keeps them from getting the care they need as often as they need it. Those with full-blown phobias may not visit the dentist ever, while those with anxiety may only visit once every few years after something has gone wrong.

Preventative care is cheaper, safer and definitely less scary than treating a problem, so here at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we try to find a way to help those struggling with fear or anxiety so they can get the care they need and avoid dental emergencies. Here are some tips.

Acknowledge and Accept Your Feelings 

Overcoming most of life’s obstacles starts with taking a good, long look at how you feel and why you feel that way. If you aren’t sure, it’s still useful to spend some time acknowledging your feelings.

Visit a Few Dentists

Start by looking at websites or asking your local Facebook friends for a dentist who understands anxious patients. Then, visit a few of them to get a feel for their office and meet them. You may find that one makes you feel more comfortable than the others or that one office feels more relaxing.

Talk to Your Dentist 

If you already have a dentist, or you’ve found one you’d like to try, talk to him or her about your anxiety. Most dentist today offer sedation dentistry, which offers patients relaxation measures based on the amount of anxiety or fear they experience.

Bring a Friend 

Almost every experience is better when you have someone you love and trust by your side. Talk to your spouse, partner or closest friend about joining you. Not only will it help you feel less alone, but that person will also likely distract you enough to remove some of the anxiety you may be feeling. Even better? Plan something fun after your appointment so you have something to look forward to.

Learn to Meditate

Thanks to the internet, you can learn how to do most anything these days. Learning to meditate can be an extremely valuable tool for any situation in your life.

One thing to keep in mind is that as technology and modern medicine continue to develop, procedures continue to get less painful and less invasive. If you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, you may be surprised by how much easier it is today than it ever has been before. If you have any questions, call our office today at 206-316-8286.

 

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