Tips on how to handle dental anxiety

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

Most often patients feel uneasy about dental work due to painful or intrusive dental procedures in the past. However, modern dentistry is relatively pain-free as innovative dental equipment and new treatment options aim to ensure that patients are comfortable during and after the procedure.

If you face dental anxiety, consider the following steps to help you through your next appointment.

Talk to your dentist – Talking to your dentist can help to ease concerns while providing a clear understanding of the procedure.

Choose a good dentist – If previous dental treatments have been painful and uncomfortable, it may be time to look for a new dentist. A good way to identify an experienced dentist is through recommendations and online reviews. Ask family and friends to recommend a good dentist who specializes in the procedure you are considering. Dentists who specialize in certain procedures will have the equipment and the expertise to provide pain-free treatment. Once you have selected a dentist, always meet them for an initial consultation before selecting them for a procedure.

Distract yourself – People are known to wear headphones to drown out the sound of a drill or to bring in a stress ball to help them handle the procedure. Distracting the mind and focusing on thoughts elsewhere can also help to reduce discomfort. 

Mindfulness – Deep breathing exercises can help to reduce tension and relax the mind. Consider counting one’s breaths and taking slow breaths to release tension in your jaws and body.  

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