We’ve written about moving past your dental anxiety before – but today, we’re here with a step-by-step plan that will help you accomplish just that. It’s simple enough to say that it’s possible to overcome a fear, but it takes determination and long-term hard work to actually conquer it. The good news? At Premier Dental, we’ve seen many happy patients take control of their once-persistent anxiety, and we can help you do the same.
Steps Toward Freedom from Dental Anxiety
Talk to your dentist about your anxiety. We can help you more easily if you let us know that you typically experience nerves when at the office. There’s nothing to be ashamed of – when you receive dental treatment, you’re put in a vulnerable position, and so many patients feel nervous in the dental chair. If you have a procedure on the schedule, let us know that you’re concerned about feeling comfortable on the big day.
Ask about sedation options. Premier Dental offers several dental sedation options for patients seeking some extra help during treatment. Sedation soothes your nerves, and when paired with anesthesia, prevents both fear and pain. Let us know if you’d like to set up sedation for your next appointment.
Find an office with patient-friendly treatment methods. Modern dental technology offers more and more options for patients seeking gentle treatment. Laser dentistry is just one way to resolve problems without resorting to traditionally fear-inducing methods.
Think about dental care in a positive way. Consider the ways that visiting the office helps you, rather than hurts you: you get in touch with the state of your oral health, clear up cavities and gingivitis, and continue to build toward something lifelong and satisfying.
Work to break the vicious anxiety cycle. When you’re too scared to go to the office, you give dental problems a chance to take hold of your mouth; then, you require more invasive treatment to fix those problems, ending up causing further anxiety. Break that cycle by getting your regular exams back on track!