Dental phobia is one of the leading reasons adults don’t visit the dentist. The American Dental Association posted findings estimating that seventy- five percent of adults in the United States have a mild or extreme fear of the dentist. For many, their fear of the dentist is so severe that many avoid setting foot in a dentist office unless there is a dental emergency.
You shouldn’t let your fears of the dentist stop you from receiving the dental care you need. There are many ways to minimize your fears and ultimately conquer your dental phobias. Here are our top tips for overcoming your fears of the dentist’s chair.
- Communication is the most effective way of coping with you anxiety. Talk with your dentist about your fears. Discussing procedures beforehand can help you to feel more relaxed and give you a sense of control in the situation. When the doctor is aware of your fears he can take steps to better accommodate your needs and put your anxiety to rest.
- Just as distractions can work to occupy an unruly toddler, they can help to keep your mind off your fears and the dental procedures at hand. Consider bringing headphones and listening to music while the dentist is treating you.
- Relaxation techniques have also been proven to calm fears. When you are upset, your body releases stress chemicals that can heighten anxiety and make your pain receptors more sensitive. Deep breathing can be helpful in these situations.
- Modern technology has virtually made dental procedures pain free. With topical anesthetics, anesthesia and laser drills, patients don’t have to endure the pain formally associated with dental procedures.
Dr. Tedford and the staff of his Ooltewah dentist office can help to ease your fears of the dentist and keep you smile at its brightest and healthiest.