Whenever something tends to irritate you, to make you worry about something scares you, all you do is avoid it at any cost.
Same happens with Dental Phobia. Dental anxiety is something that can range from severe fears to general trauma or regular nervousness.
Many people avoid visiting a dentist just out of dental anxiety and it causes a little mess for your dental health and hygiene. Holding back to your dental problem and not visiting the dentist can cause:
- Severe Gum disease
- Extreme pain in Mouth
- Stained teeth
- Loss of tooth or cracked tooth, etc.
But what are you afraid of, pain, fear of the unknown, embarrassment regarding dental health, some bad past experiences or something else? Well, we have got you covered. Given are the four ways through which you can overcome anxiety:
- Find Right Dentist
No matter what it takes but if you are on to something, you should always wish and choose for best. The same applies to choosing a dentist for you.
To avoid dental anxiety, it is quite important to choose the right dentist with a relaxing atmosphere, enough practice, eminent working skills, caring staff, relaxing atmosphere and much more.
Looking for a doctor on such a basis will definitely improve your anxiety issue by boosting up the confidence and developing beliefs. This will surely help you in reducing dental anxiety.
- Using techniques that enhances relaxation and medication
Before your appointment take some time to relax yourself and set your mindset. Some people find it useful to do meditation, stretches, controlled breathing and this helps them a lot to overcome anxiety on certain levels.
If you are still suffering from anxiety, you might want to call your dentist and ask about what kind of sedation techniques might help you relax further.
We do decide to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and other several sedative medications that can surely help reduce the patient’s anxiety to as minimum as possible. These medications are highly safe and effective for managing dental anxiety.
- Be sure that you are in control
If you are frequently explained what is about to happen and how it will happen or it will feel and then asked by doctor for your permission for pursuing or continuing with any treatment, then believe that you are in experienced hands and in control.
Before any dental procedure is about to happen, develop a habit of communicating regarding your issues with your related dentist, even when you cannot talk — nonverbal signals which helps you to indicate of what is scaring you or provoking the fear in you can help your dentist be aware of it and helps him to stop immediately in order to make you feel relaxed.
Avoid pushing yourself to do anything that can be distressing to you — this will only add to more dental anxiety and bad associations with dental processes.
- Reduce discomfort by taking precautions
If you find the reclining dental chair uncomfortable, ask your dentist to examine you in a comfortable place. If you have the habit to breathe mostly through your mouth and it gets you in trouble of thinking that you might struggle for air, carry nasal strips with you, which help you to open up the nasal.
Are you afraid of dental injections?
Ask and discuss with your dentist about whether you can be treated with a topical anaesthetic before receiving the shots for alleviating the pain.
At Sharma Dental Clinic before giving a shot of anaesthesia, our doctors give a topical anaesthetic agent onto the gums in the form of spray or/ and gel. This is followed by an anesthesia shot using sophisticated needles and solutions with which the pain of injection is never felt. Our doctors are very well trained in the art of delivering the anaesthesia. If you are an anxious person then you can ask for laughing gas so as to alleviate the anxiety of injection.