Do You Suffer From Dental Anxiety?
Did you know?
Why are people fearful of dental visits?
Everyone is anxious or afraid of the going to the dentist for different reasons. Some common reasons include worrying about the effectiveness of localized anesthetic and feeling that the dentist is rushed or is neglecting their concerns.
Other factors include anticipation of pain, negative past experiences and even the sterile smell of the dental office. If not dealt with properly, dental anxiety can lead to unnecessary oral health problems, which in turn can lead to much more time spent in the dental chair for treatment.
Communication helps calm anxiety
Studies prove that the most important factor in overcoming dental anxiety is good dentist-patient communication. Establishing trust and keeping patients informed and in control throughout a visit to the dentist helps calm dental anxiety. One option is for patients to use hand signals to communicate with the dentist throughout a procedure. When a patient feels uncomfortable, he or she can signal the dentist and the dentist stops the procedure. This method of communication empowers patients and makes visiting the dentist less stressful for them.
Reducing Anxiety Levels
If you are nervous about an upcoming dental visit, here are some additional ways to curb your anxiety: