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Steps You Can Take to Overcome Your Dental Fear and Anxiety

Last updated 4 years ago

Approximately 9% to 20% of Americans don’t get the dental care they need because they suffer from dental fear and anxiety. Some of the reasons why individuals fear the dentist are because they worry that treatment will be painful, they’re scared of gagging, or they have concerns about the nature of the treatment itself. If patients learn to overcome the anxiety associated with dental procedures, they can realize the health and aesthetic benefits that come with regular dental care.

Find a Dentist Who Makes You Feel Comfortable
To feel comfortable each time you visit the dental office, you need to find a dentist who makes an effort to ensure that you understand your treatment options. You should feel confident asking your dentist any questions you have about your oral health, and he should work to ensure that you feel comfortable before he begins the treatment. It’s even a good idea to develop a hand signal with your dentist that you can use to indicate that your dentist needs to stop the treatment.

Learn About Your Sedation Options
Thanks to advances in modern technology, even individuals who suffer from severe dental phobia can still feel comfortable getting the treatment they need. If a routine checkup would cause you too much anxiety, you can ask your dentist about the sedation and pain-relief options he offers. Depending on the length and complexity of your procedure, your dentist may recommend nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation.

Bring Some Music
Listening to music during your appointment is a great way to take your mind off of what is happening. Not only can music help calm and relax you, but also prevent you from hearing any alarming noises that are typically produced by dental tools during treatment.

The staff at The Smile Design Center of Baltimore is dedicated to helping each of our patients feel comfortable during their appointments. We offer both general and cosmetic dentistry services to help you keep your smile perfect. Find out more about our range of services by visiting our website or calling (443) 275-9821. 


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