If the thought of going to the dentist makes you nervous, you are not alone. Many people have fears about going to the dentist. Some have had bad experiences in the past. Other people have delayed going to the dentist and know they now face significant dental work. Regular dental care is a crucial way to stay healthy. We understand dental fears, and we can help you determine what you need to cope with getting dental treatment.
Ways to reduce dental anxiety
Find an Empathetic Dentist and Staff. Perhaps the first aspect of fear control is developing a comfortable working relationship with a dentist and staff. It isn't enough to find a dentist who knows how to sedate you. We have a wide range of anxiety reduction skills combined with empathy about your fears. A dentist and empathetic staff, or at least sympathetic about your dental anxiety, will treat you differently and make different decisions about large and small matters.
The distraction Technique also works. The first and most straightforward method to help ease anxiety is to give you something else to focus on to distract you. This can include a variety of things that add both comfort and distraction. We have soothing massage pads on the dental chairs in our office. We also have headphones and a variety of music. Our patients can even lie back and watch a movie on an overhead TV. All of these things are designed to help you tune us out by giving you something else on which to focus. More anxious patients may combine some of these distraction techniques with other relaxation options.
Some people afraid of going to the dentist benefit from getting fear counseling and stress-reduction training. We have trained and acquired techniques similar to Lamaze childbirth classes and can teach you how to help yourself to reduce anxiety. We also use role-playing desensitization techniques to reduce anxiety in dental situations gradually.
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