So What is Dental Anxiety?
This is a very common problem that we hear a lot. It’s a general feeling of uneasiness about going to visit the dentist which can often lead to patients delaying or in some cases completely foregoing treatment or check-ups.
What is the Cause of the Anxiety?
There can be a myriad of reasons; childhood fear that could have been passed on from a parent or sibling. Fear of loss of teeth or even a feeling of an invasion of your privacy and space, all the way down to simple embarrassment at the condition of their teeth.
Signs to look Out For
The signs can manifest themselves in numerous ways but some of the more common ones to look out for are:
- Distress during treatment
- Trouble regulating breathing, increased heart-rate, sweating or palpitations
- Feelings of nausea
- Issues with sleep leading up to procedure
How can this Affect Oral Health?
Avoidance is definitely not the answer when it comes to your dental health, regular visits allow the dentist to flag any early warning signs.
What can my Dentist do to Help?
Talk to your dentist, let them know how you’re feeling. Open dialogue and discussion about upcoming procedures can often put a patient at ease.
And if I Still Feel Anxious?
There are still options open to you:
Sedation – talk with your dentist about this procedure
Hypnotherapy – whilst this sounds a bit extreme, hypnosis has proven to be most effective with patients who are nervous
Distraction – Stress balls, music or even visual distractions, whatever helps you get through the procedure please mention to your dentist.