Ways to manage your dental anxiety
“As many as 40 million Americans avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety”, according to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Why do some of us have a fear of the dentist? Studies show that patients are anxious about dental visits for numerous different reasons. Some worry about oral pain. Some worry about the sound and smells of a dental visit. Some patients have negative memories of past experiences during childhood. Simply interrupting the day’s routine for a doctor visit of any kind breeds anxiety.
If unaddressed, dental anxiety can lead to oral health problems, which can, in turn, require more dental treatment, so maybe it will be helpful to read up on some of our tips to reduce anxiety and get through your visit.
So, how can you stay calm when you visit the dentist?
Try one of these to get your anxiety in check:
- Share your fears with your dentist
Talk to your dentist or other dental staff here at Welch Dental Group. Honesty about your concerns will help your dentist adjust the treatment to your needs.
- Try some deep and slow breathing during dental procedures
When people are experiencing anxiety they will often times try to hold their breath. This move decreases oxygen levels and increases anxiety. Just as what is taught in meditation or yoga classes, a focus on slow, regular breathing helps reduce anxiety.
- Turn on your Spotify or Apple Music
If the sound of the dental instruments bother you, bring along your favorite music and earphones. Maybe build a “dentist playlist.”
- Watch what you consume
Avoid coffee or sodas generally, but especially before a dental appointment. Try eating foods high in protein, which – unlike sugary foods – produce a calming reaction.
- Choose the best appointment time for your day
Schedule a time for your visit to Welch Dental Group dentist when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. Give yourself plenty of time to pick up the kids, grocery shop or whatever you have planned afterwards.
- Give some good reviews
Your dentist will be nicer to you if you give them a good review. Just kidding!!!Seriously though- you should take the time to give reviews on your experience so you can help others feel confident and comfortable choosing Welch Dental Group as their dental home. Give a review of your latest experience here or here.