5 Tips to Help Minimize Dental Anxiety

Many people avoid going to the dentist because they are terrified of past experiences. Only a small percentage of people go to the dentist when it is necessary, and the vast majority avoid going at all because of their anxiety issues.

There are many effective strategies for reducing your fear and anxiety about going to the dentist. Here are some of our best tips for overcoming dental anxiety and remaining calm:

Be Honest About Your Concerns

One of the simplest and most effective ways to finally put your worries to rest is through open and honest communication. You will be able to express your fears more easily if you believe that your dental team is looking out for your best interests.

Bring Someone Along With You

In the dentist room, having someone you know and trust by your side can make all the difference, especially if that person is naturally calm and reassuring. This strategy works wonders for many children who are nervous about going to the dentist, and it is equally effective for many nervous adults.

Prepare for Your Visit by Practicing Self-Care

If you don’t get enough sleep the night before your dental appointment, or if you consume too much caffeine before your appointment, it will be much more difficult to remain calm in the chair. Simply getting a good night’s sleep before your cleaning, exam, or procedure can help you stay calm. If you must eat before your appointment, try a high-protein snack like plain yogurt as protein-rich foods can be calming.

Get Some Distraction

This straightforward strategy is frequently as effective for children as it is for adults. Distraction for many people can be as simple as watching an interesting television program on the screen that faces the chair. If you have children, bring some toys to keep them entertained.

Don’t Let One Bad Experience Influence the Rest of Your Life

We understand that overcoming certain fears is easier said than done. However, we believe that with practice, open communication, and mindfulness techniques, you can overcome your dental apprehension and feel more at ease about your next dental visit.

At Coeur D’Alene Family Dentistry, we strive to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you’re ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at 2201 N Government Way G, Coeur D’Alene, ID 83814. For an appointment call (208) 664 – 9129 or email us at [email protected]

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