Dental anxiety, also known as dental phobia, is a common condition that affects many people around the world. It can cause feelings of fear, nervousness, and even panic when it comes to visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, this can lead to individuals avoiding necessary dental treatments, which can result in serious oral health problems down the road.
There are many reasons why someone may experience dental anxiety. Some people may have had a traumatic experience with a dentist in the past, while others may feel anxious about the pain or discomfort that can come with certain dental procedures. Additionally, the sights and sounds of a dental office can be overwhelming for some individuals.
The good news is that there are ways to manage and overcome dental anxiety. At Simply Wellness Dental we are here to help with some tips for those who may be struggling with this condition:
- Communicate with your dentist: If you have dental anxiety, it’s important to let your dentist know. They can work with you to create a plan that makes you feel more comfortable and in control during your appointment. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Zadeh and our team are here for you with a gentle touch!
- Bring a friend or family member: Having someone you trust by your side during your appointment can provide a sense of comfort and support. We can help set this up with you ahead of time.
- Use relaxation techniques: Deep breathing exercises, visualization, and muscle relaxation techniques can all be effective in managing anxiety. Consider practicing these techniques before and during your appointment.
- Distract yourself: Bring a favourite book, listen to music or a podcast, or watch a movie during your appointment to help distract yourself from any feelings of anxiety. In our office you can put on a TV show, kick back and watch!
- Consider sedation options: For individuals with severe dental anxiety, sedation options like nitrous oxide or oral sedation may be available. These options can help relax the patient and make the appointment less stressful. Feel free to call us to discuss this option in more detail.
At Simply Wellness Dental, we understand dental anxiety is a common condition that can make it difficult for individuals to receive necessary dental care. However, by communicating with us, using relaxation techniques, and considering sedation options, you can manage and overcome your anxiety and receive the dental care you need to maintain good oral health! We welcome all members of our Burnaby community. We are here for you and your oral health care. Book your next appointment directly on our website!