Top Tips To Ease Dental Fear

Top Tips To Ease Dental Fear

Posted by Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. Apr 02,2023

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Many people fear going to the dentist, but putting off important dental care can lead to serious health problems. At Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A., we strive to make every patient feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Listed below are some helpful tips to ease dental fear.

Discuss your fears with the dentist

The first step towards overcoming your dental fear is to talk about it to your dentist. Remember that dentists are trained professionals who have been dealing with all kinds of patients for several years now, so you need not worry much! Your dentist will take the time to listen to your worries and explain the treatment and procedure to you in detail. This will go a long way in calming down your nerves and making you feel confident about the treatment or procedure that is about to be performed on you. Plus, if you have any other questions in your mind, you can clear them up during the appointment itself, which will help you a great deal in managing and controlling your dental fears.

Agree on a signal

Before your procedure begins, agree on a signal that will let your dentist know you are uncomfortable or in pain so they can stop immediately. This will prevent you from feeling any discomfort throughout the procedure. 

Bring distractions to occupy your mind during procedures

Distractions can help take your mind off of your procedure. Some options are bringing a book, music, or headphones to listen to your favorite playlist.

Bring a companion with you for support

You can also bring a family member or friend to accompany you as having someone you trust alongside can help ease dental fear to a great extend. 

Consider sedation dentistry

If the thought of going to the dentist makes you anxious or fearful, talk to your dentist about ways to ease your anxiety. Sedation can allow you to relax and sleep through the procedure. Your dentist can offer oral medication to take prior to your appointment and nitrous oxide to help you relax in the chair. A local anesthetic can also help numb your mouth so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment. Talk to your dentist about your options so you can look forward to your next visit!

If you wish to learn more, visit Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. at 1295 East Arlington Blvd Greenville, NC 27858, or call (252) 756-7789 to consult our dentist.

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