Ways to Overcome Your Fears at the Dentist

It’s common for people to feel a bit of anxiety when they have to go to the dentist but for some, their fear is sufficient enough for them to avoid necessary treatment. For patients suffering from dental anxiety, there are a few steps they can take to feel more at ease about their visit.

Find out more about your treatment.

During a dental procedure, patients frequently feel anxiety because they aren’t sure what’s going on, how much longer the treatment will take, and what steps the dentist will be performing next. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this. First, ask your dentist any questions that you have regarding the procedure. Second, do a bit of online research to learn about the treatment that you’ll be undergoing so you have a better idea of what your dentist will be doing to your teeth.

Help yourself feel in control.

For many people, the lack of control that they feel while in the dentist chair is a major cause of their dental anxiety. This is often because they are forced to lay back in a vulnerable position and are unable to speak while the dentist is working. You can help resolve this fear by talking with your dentist about a way to request a break whenever you need it, such as a simple hand signal. Also, ask to be updated throughout your treatment so you know what to expect next and how much longer the visit should take.

Ask your dentist about sedation.

For patients who have trouble managing their dental fears, sedation dentistry provides an excellent solution. Some dentists offer IV sedation, a treatment which allows you to experience a more relaxed and comfortable visit. During your appointment, you will be sedated enough to feel calm, but you will also remain conscious throughout your procedure.

At Oak Creek Dental Care, your comfort while you are in our office is a priority. To schedule an appointment with a sedation dentist in Columbus, Ohio, call us today at (614) 882-5525.

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