If you fear visits to the doctor or dentist, you aren’t alone. It’s a widespread fear. That’s why we work to make our office and amenities as comfortable as possible. Although anxiety before appointments is perfectly natural, we want you to feel at home when you’re at AquaSprings Dental. Here are a few ways we’ve made our office a fear-free zone for your whole family.
Odontophobia or dental phobia is a common fear that affects around 12% of the population ranging from mild symptoms to extreme dental anxiety. Kids and adults alike often experience anxiety right before a dental appointment, but did you know that many skip them altogether for several years because the anxiety is too much to handle? Dental anxiety or fear is a common phenomenon in children and adults alike. Patients may be squeamish about the technology used or terrified due to hearing horror stories from the internet or television.
So, here are some tips to help overcome your dental anxiety.
Distraction: There are many ways to try and distract yourself during a dental procedure, whether regular cleaning or surgery. Soothing music and meditation are fantastic techniques to help you concentrate on something else, like relaxing each part of your body in turn or focusing on something in the future you are looking forward to. By focusing your mind on other things, the procedure will be over before you realize it.
Communicate Your Fear: Talk with us about your fear of the upcoming appointment. Our staff are effective communicators and will explain the steps of the procedure and what to expect before, during, and after you have your appointment. You could also try speaking with a therapist or counselor to address your fear and concerns. This type of technique has been used for years to help people overcome their phobias and anxiety.
Sedation: Though sedation is unnecessary for all dental procedures, sedation techniques like an IV or “laughing gas” may help you relax and be more at ease with the procedure. It can also help you feel in control of what is happening.
If you’re curious how we’ve made our dental-phobic patients feel at home, visit our website for testimonials from those we’ve helped. Even if you typically dread dental appointments, we want to help change that. Please let us know how we can make your visit more comfortable, convenient, and less anxiety-inducing than a typical dental office. We strive to make your experience enjoyable, and we are grateful that our patients trust us with their health. Contact us today if it’s time to schedule an appointment.