Are You Anxious of Dental Visits?

Are You Anxious of Dental Visits?

Posted by McConnell Dental Care on Mar 3 2022, 06:54 AM

Do you get anxious at the very thought of meeting a dentist? You are not alone. About 36% of the population faces dental fear or anxiety. However, avoiding meeting with a dentist regularly can have serious repercussions on your oral health.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

The reason you face dental anxiety could be an unpleasant experience in the past or the lack of knowledge on dental procedures. Others experience dental anxiety because they have never visited a dentist before.

For some, it is the fear of needles that can cause stress or anxiety. Others might feel uncomfortable with the physical closeness with a hygienist or dentist during the visit. It is important to understand the underlying reason for overcoming your fears.

Coping With Dental Fear

The first and most important step to overcoming dental fear is to tell your dentist about your anxiety and discuss possible solutions. Once they understand your fear, your dentist can help you with the best ways to make you more comfortable.

Before the procedure, discuss with your dentist about possible breaks. During the procedure, if you feel anxious, signal your dentist to give you a few minutes to compose yourself. 

Tips to Ease Dental Fear

  • Rather than avoiding meeting a dentist, here are a few tips to ease your dental fears. 
  • Have a friend or a family member accompany you to the dentist for moral support. 
  • Visit your dentist before the actual procedure to understand the treatment. This would make the dental procedure less stressful. 
  • Listen to relaxing music or read a book to stay calm and relaxed. 
  • In case of extreme dental phobia, your dentist would suggest sedation dentistry. Sedation helps the patient relax and allows the dentist to speed the procedure without undue anxiety.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

It is vital to have regular dental checkups to maintain good oral health. Early dental treatment can prevent physical trauma as well as expensive procedures. During your dental visit, a dentist can detect tooth cavities or gum issues. Also, professional cleaning of plaque can prevent bad breath, gum diseases, and loss of teeth.

We at McConnell Dental Care understand the stress of dental anxiety and can help you cope with the same. Through small steps and practice together we can help overcome your dental fears. With regular meetings with your dentist, you can attain good oral health.

For comprehensive dental care, visit McConnell Dental Care at 263 Country Club Dr #102, Stansbury Park, UT 84074. Call us at (435) 249-0482 for appointments.

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