Dental anxiety or phobia is a very common issue. Some people are so afraid of the dentist that they won't visit a dentist for years or even decades. They continue to suffer from dental issues, which don't go away on their own.
Speak up about your fears
Patients who have dental fear are more likely to avoid the dentist and ignore their oral health than patients who don't experience anxiety at the dentist's office. This avoidance can lead to further complications, such as gum disease or tooth decay. This is why it is important to discuss your fears with your dentist. By expressing your concerns, you can work together to ease your anxiety at the dentist's office and make the most out of every appointment you have there.
Tell your dentist if you experience stress at the thought of going to your appointment. If you have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time or are uncomfortable when having work done in your mouth, let your dentist know. This way, your dentist can schedule an appropriate amount of time for your visit and ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your visit.
Agree on a signal
Tell your dentist about your anxiety as soon as you walk in the door. Let them know that you may need a signal to stop the procedure if it makes you uncomfortable. This may ease your mind to know you can speak up if you feel uncomfortable or anxious.
Take a trusted person with you
Some people feel comforted by the presence of a friend or family member as they undergo dental procedures. This can be especially helpful in cases involving anxiety or fear of the dentist's office. If you are feeling nervous about an upcoming procedure, consider bringing someone you trust. They can help you feel more at ease during your appointment.
Whether you are a patient, you could bring your own entertainment to your appointment. There are a lot of things that you could do while at the dentist's office to pass the time and lessen your anxiety. It's recommended that you bring a distraction, such as a book or a tablet, to play some games on. You may also want to bring someone you trust who can talk to you and keep you distracted from what's going on around you as well. This is especially helpful if you're getting multiple treatments done in one sitting.
Consider sedation dentistry
Consider using sedation dentistry during your next procedure. Instead of worrying and fearing your treatment, you can drift off into a comfortable sleep. Sedation is safe and effective. You wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of the procedure. Talk to your dentist about whether sedation is appropriate for you. Your dentists can recommend the best sedation method for your situation. During the consultation, you can discuss your concerns and ask any questions you may have. We can explain all your options to help you make the right decision.
To learn more, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 5900 Cubero Drive NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109.