Dental Anxiety and Fear

If you feel a little anxiety before your dental appointments, you’re not alone. In fact, some estimates say that as many as 75% of US adults experience some amount of anxiety before any dental appointment. This only really becomes a concern if you begin to let those anxieties prevent you from getting the care you need.

At the Danna Smile, we understand that these concerns are very real, but we also want you to know that we do everything we can to create a comfortable, relaxing, and inviting environment while we provide quite, painless treatments.

Are You Experiencing Dental Anxiety?

  • Do you feel nervous in the waiting room? Do you catch yourself bouncing your leg up and down while you wait?
  • Do you start clenching your jaw when you walk into the office?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping the night before your appointment?
  • Is it difficult to breath when dental tools are used in your mouth?

If you’re experiencing any of these situations, it may be time to talk to us about it. We’ll work with you to help you overcome those anxieties.

Sometimes, it’s about understanding the source of your fears. When we understand the source, it’s easier to create a solution. Some of the most common fears include:

  • The fear of pain – This is the most common fear, and often based on old memories. Modern technology helps us minimize painful experiences.
  • The fear of needles – Some people break into a cold sweat at the sight of a needle.
  • The fear of losing control – Many people worry about the loss of feeling or control under anesthesia.
  • The fear of closeness – We have to get in close to provide proper care, and many people don’t enjoy having others leaning in so close.
  • The fear of judgement – You don’t need to be embarrassed about the state of your teeth. We just want to help you get the treatments you need.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Dental sedation is an extremely effective option that we will often recommend for our patients. However, there are some other things you can do to make this process much more relaxing.

Talk to us

– We’re ready to do everything we can to improve your experience, but if we don’t know about your concerns, we can’t address them. Let us know how you’re feeling and we’ll provide a solution.

Explore the office

– Make an appointment to come and meet us and check out the office without scheduling an actual dental treatment. Just get used to the environment.

Bring moral support

– This serves two purposes. Someone in the office with you can provide encouragement, and they can also give you a ride to and from the appointment if you received sedation.

Agree on a signal

– It can be hard to express yourself with dental tools in your mouth, so we can set a signal that says you’re feeling really uncomfortable and need a break. Something like tapping the chair is a simple signal that says you just need a moment to get collected.

Try some relaxation techniques

– Deep breathing and progressive relaxation techniques are simple ways that you can train yourself to relax in situations that normally make you feel anxiety.

If you regularly feel anxiety over going to the dentist, remember that you’re not alone. At the Danna Smile we can help you overcome those fears and achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Contact us today to learn more.