Dental Anxiety? 3 Steps to Relieve It

Many people dread going to the dentist. Whether it’s the anticipated discomfort of having their teeth cleaned or it’s the sound of the dental drills, it can be hard for many people to even step foot in their dentist’s office. If you suffer from dental anxiety, try these three tips to try and get some relief.

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  • Ask About Sedation Dentistry
    Many dental offices are offering sedation dentistry to help relieve their patients fear of going to the dentist. Depending on the severity of your dental anxiety and the procedure you are undergoing, there are several options.

    • Minimal sedation: This form of sedation is where patients are likely administered a chemical relaxant like Xanax but are awake during the procedure.
    • Moderate sedation: This form of sedation is where you will be awake during the procedure but you likely won’t remember much of what took place.
    • Deep sedation: During this form of sedation, you will be fully sedated but can still be awakened.
    • General anesthesia: During this form of sedation, you will be completely unconscious and under general anesthesia.
  • Ask Your Doctor To Talk You Through It
    Having your dentist talk you through the entire dental procedure is a great way to alleviate dental anxiety. By understanding what is taking place and what the next move is, you won’t be surprised by any sort of pain or discomfort which can help with anxiety.
  • Deep Breaths
    In order to help alleviate any form anxiety, deep breathing is a key tool. Take slow, deep breaths that will help you gather control over your breathing if it starts to become rapid and out of control. Close your eyes, inhale slowly, and exhale equally as slow. This sort of deep breathing will help you to gain control over your anxiety in order to help you relax during the procedure.

To learn more about how you can relieve your dental induced anxiety, contact our office today!

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