It is normal to feel anxious prior to a dental procedure. Dental phobia is a specific phobia, and the fear of dentistry can be severe enough to interfere with a person's daily life.
Discuss with your dentist about your fear
Many patients avoid going to the dentist due to fear or anxiety about dental treatments. It is important to talk with your dentist and voice your fears so that you can work together on ways to eliminate them. A friendly and gentle dentist will be able to put nervous patients at ease during treatment.
Remember that the ultimate goal of treatment is to neutralize any pain and discomfort that you experience in the process. Your dentist should be willing to hear you out and discuss the best options for you.
Sometimes, just having a conversation with a dentist can calm a patient's fears before a procedure.
If your anxiety is worse at the sight of needles, you can discuss with your dentist the use of numbing gels and other anesthetics that will help ease the pain associated with injections. You may also ask about using nitrous oxide gas sedation for a more comfortable treatment. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that can relax you and make your visit virtually pain-free. Keep in mind that all methods of anesthesia are safe when administered by an experienced professional.
Agree on a signal with your dentist
When having oral surgery or a root canal procedure, you may want to communicate with your dentist during the procedure. You can agree on a signal and can ask the assistant or hygienist to pass that message along to the dentist. This way, you can get reassurance if you need it.
Take a friend or family member for support
If you are feeling anxious about your appointment, bring someone you trust to your visit. It can be your spouse, partner, parent, or friend. Getting a visual image of the procedure can also be beneficial in reducing your feelings of nervousness.
Bring distractions to occupy your mind during procedures
You can bring headphones to listen to your favorite music to help you relax. You can take breaks in between procedures and walk outside for a few minutes to breathe the fresh air and come back refreshed to continue your treatment.
Consider sedation dentistry
In general, many dental procedures require local anesthesia in order to eliminate discomfort during the treatment. However, sometimes patients may feel nervous and anxious before and during the procedure, which can make it difficult for them to stay still. Sedation dentistry can make it easier for patients to stay calm and comfortable during their treatments. With oral sedatives, you will remain conscious throughout the procedure but won't feel any pain or discomfort.
Speak to your dentist for more information about how sedation dentistry can help you stay relaxed and comfortable during your next dental treatment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.