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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety


If you fear getting into the dental chair, you're not alone! Whether it's the underlying fear of what news the dentist will give you on your oral health, a less-than-ideal past experiences of root canals or deep cleanings, or the uncomfortable prodding your gums receive, it's understandable how many people fear going to the dentist.

Of course, it's worth noting that dentists want you to have a comfortable time in the dentist chair, as it gives you the incentive to come back for more routine cleanings in the future. It also makes the dentist's job easier, allowing them to focus on maintenance and prevention instead of deeper, harder-to-treat problems.

Still, most dentists do understand that most patients' No. 1 concern is the pain they might experience.

Luckily there are steps you can take to mitigate the fear of the dentist chair and make your dentist visit a breeze!

1. Do a breathing exercise to calm your nerves.

2. Practice routine oral care by brushing and flossing twice a day.

3. Bring earphones to listen to a podcast or relaxing music during your visit.

4. Pick a date that isn't packed and busy, easing your fear of racing the clock.

5. Don't worry or be embarrassed about the health of your mouth - the dentist has seen it all.

6. Find a way to handle the cost. This will help ease your mind and help you justify the price.

7. Have laughing gas administered so you have a relaxing experience.

8. Schedule regular visits, which can minimize more alarming oral health issues. Think of how the preventative care is saving you pain in the long run.

9. Don't show up too early for your appointment. Decreasing the time you spend sitting in the waiting room can alleviate anxieties.

10. Avoid consuming caffeine before a visit; this will help you remain calm.

11. Express your fears to your dentist. He or she will help you through your anxieties.

Granted, no matter how hard it is to go in for a dental visit, there is no quick fix to getting your teeth well taken care of. By avoiding the dentist chair, you increase your chances of gingivitis, periodontitis and potential bone or tooth loss.

That is why you should never avoid dental visits. So, eliminate that fear of dental visits and bring that smile to its fullest potential!

Ready to make your appointment with Dr. Buck? Give our office a call today.

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