15 Sep

How to Communicate With Your Dentist About Dental Anxiety

Do you feel terror and panic at the very thought of going to the dentist? Do you know you need dental attention, but can’t bring yourself to make an appointment? If so, you could be coping with dental anxiety, a serious phobia experienced by many adults.

Dental anxiety is a dangerous problem since it puts you at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions. By communicating with your dentist about your fears, you can better cope with your anxiety and get your mouth the attention it deserves.

Be Honest

Dentists are professionals who understand that every patient faces unique oral health challenges. Your dentist offers a judgement-free zone where you can explain your dental anxiety and receive the support you need. Sharing your feelings and fears with your dentist will help to ensure that your treatments and procedures are completed in a way that is sensitive of your anxiety.

Agree on a Signal

Many people with dental anxiety assume that they will be helpless to take any control over their dental care. This feeds the sense of anxiety based on fears of helplessness. Prevent this from happening to you by explaining your fears to your dentist and agreeing on a signal that indicates you are in pain or need a break. This puts you back in control of your dental experience and ensures that you won’t have to endure pain and discomfort.

Ask For Sedation

For serious cases of dental anxiety, dental sedation can be used to help you through your procedure. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a gentle technology that lets you stay awake but totally relaxed during your dental appointment. It’s the only form of sedation that is mild enough to also let you drive home after your procedure.

The team at Obrochta Center for Dental Health takes dental anxiety very seriously. From your first visit, you’ll be greeted with a warm cup of tea, a massage chair, neck pillows, cozy blankets, a calming garden view, and headphones to accommodate your anxiety and help you feel comfortable. Call (727) 321-4464 today to learn more and schedule your first appointment.

Dr. Obrochta