Does the thought of visiting the dentist fill you with anxiety? Has it been years since your last dental visit? Knowing how to alleviate dental fear and anxiety can help you get the dental care you need. Our dental office is proud to assist patients who are anxious about visiting the dentist so they can improve their oral health and receive professional treatment to prevent future dental problems. Learn about what steps you can take to alleviate dental anxiety when you visit our dental office in Wayne, PA.
Tips to Alleviate Dental Anxiety
There are many things you can do if you or a loved one have dental anxiety:
Follow Relaxation Techniques
Deep breathing exercises, relaxing your muscles, and visualizing or meditating while you’re in the dentist’s chair can help relax and distract you from treatment. Breathing exercises and relaxing your muscles can physically calm you while meditating or visualizing can take your mind off of a procedure or routine treatment. Calming your body and your mind can help you through anxiety-inducing treatment.
Even before your dental visit, you can contact our office to discuss any accommodations you may require. Our office is a judgment-free space where patients can feel comfortable coming in for a visit. It’s okay if you are self-conscious about your smile or if it has been a long time since your last appointment. We’re here to help. We can also take breaks during treatment as needed. You can indicate this to us by holding up your hand.
We encourage patients to bring music, a stress toy, or a family member with them to their appointment. Patients can listen to music or play with a stress toy to help distract them during their treatment. Bringing a family member can also offer added support and comfort during routine treatment.
Ask About Sedation
We use dental sedation for complex or lengthy procedures, but we can also utilize sedation if patients have severe dental fear or anxiety. Under dental sedation, patients feel relaxed and comfortable and may even fall asleep. Depending on the type of dental sedation, patients can fall asleep or forget their treatment. Dental sedation is very safe for patients and ensures that they do not feel pain or discomfort during their procedure. We will recommend a type of sedation based on your specific needs.
Has it been some time since your last visit because you have a fear of the dentist? Contact our office, and we can help. Call 610-347-5133 or request a dental appointment with us online. Let us know if you require accommodations or have any questions about your dental health.