8 Simple Ways to Overcome Dental Anxiety

How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

It is quite common to have experienced dental anxiety at some point in our lives. And according to research, approximately 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 10 children have serious dental fears. This suffices to say that many of us are still afraid of visiting dentists.

But it is mandatory to visit dentists regularly to maintain good oral health. Normally people avoid going to the dentists till the time it becomes essential. And by that time things have turned bad. There is much more pain to endure than you would have faced at the beginning of a problem.

So, what can save us last-moment panic and pain? Is there any way to overcome our dental anxiety and visit dentists for regular dental check-ups to keep our teeth healthy? Yes, there are ways to win over the fear and they depend on the severity of your dental anxiety. Firstly, let’s have a look the solutions for those with low and mild to moderate level dental anxiety.

8 Simple Solutions to Overcome Dental Anxiety

1. Communicate with Your Dentist

It is the most basic step known to comfort patients with dental anxiety. You need to talk to your dentist about your dental anxiety. Talking to the dentist and their team about your fears can help them be aware of your situation. They can adopt a more attentive and relaxed course of dental treatment for you compared to average patients. If you never talk, they will never know.

2. Tell-show-do

This is a common way of treating patients with dental anxiety. Here, the dentist first explains the procedure that they are about to undertake. Then this procedure is shown by performing it on dummy teeth. The dentist also shows you the equipment they will be used to perform dental treatment. And finally, he or she will perform dental treatment. This method is particularly helpful for children who are afraid of the dentist’s chair.

At Healthy Smiles Dental Group, children are also encouraged by being allowed to carry their favourite toys with them during the surgery. This helps pacify them better than without their toys.

3. Use Distraction

You can also distract your attention while the dentist is treating your teeth. The forms of distraction can be listening to music, watching videos or movies on TV, and even playing video games. Blocking the sound of the drills can decrease dental anxiety levels. Our dentists allow you to do all this while being treated.

4. A Sense of Control

Patients can feel much better when they know the dentist will carry out the dental treatment as per the patient’s wish. For example, you can ask your Melbourne dentist to stop drilling your teeth when you find it very uncomfortable.

5. Take Refuge in Relaxation Techniques

There are many relaxation techniques that you can practise. Taking deep breaths, relaxation exercises to reduce muscle tension, and even a quick round of meditation can help you stay calm during dental treatment.

For patients with high-level dental anxiety, the following methods can help.

6. Relative Analgesia

Pain is the most prominent cause of dental anxiety. Taking prescribed painkillers before undergoing dental treatment procedures can help you stay calm. Absence of pain can be a great motivation for many people.

7. Conscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is the best option for people with severe dental anxiety. Conscious sedation includes sedating a patient partially so that they do not feel the movements happening inside their mouths during dental treatment. Conscious sedation can be achieved by

  • Inhalation of nitrous oxide or happy gas
  • Oral sedatives
  • Intravenous sedation
  • General Anaesthesia

This treatment of sleep dentistry involves using general anaesthesia for total sedation. If you have extreme dental anxiety, this method is for you. However, it involves potential risks and you must consult an experienced dentist before opting for this method.

To know more about sleep dentistry and find out if you are an eligible candidate, feel free to consult our expert dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Group. Contact us at below:

Call us at 03 9877 2035 Book Online Appointment

Dr. Ved Berani

Author: Dr. Ved Berani

Dr. Ved Berani, a second-generation dentist and the principal dentist at Healthy Smiles and Sleep Dream Smile, shows great pride in his work by helping his patients achieve cosmetic and aesthetic results all while utilising sleep dentistry and sedation.

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