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Helping patients with dental anxiety

Posted on 2/21/2022 by Dr McMurray
Helping patients with dental anxietyIt is quite normal having dental anxiety when you remember that you need to visit the dentist. This is because many people have the fear of pain or getting hurt. Most patients are disturbed by the dental equipment in the dentist's office. The dentist will ensure that you are fully relaxed and that all the emotions are taken care of. Some things need to be done to relieve dental anxiety.

Tal it to the dentist

Inform your dentist about your dental phobia. When you phone to arrange your appointment, tell the receptionist that you are nervous about going to the dentist. When you arrive at the dentist's office, let them know you're apprehensive. Inform them of any unfavorable prior experiences and seek their help on appropriate coping techniques. Don't be afraid to ask any questions you have. Knowing what is going to happen may assist to alleviate some of the tension that comes with uncertainty.

Communicate with signals

Establish that you have reached an agreement on a signal with the dentist. If you need to take a break during an examination, raise your hand to alert the dentist. Tell the dentist if you continue to feel pain after obtaining a local anesthetic. Some individuals are self-conscious about their pain tolerance or are embarrassed to stop a dentist during a procedure. Discuss your pain with your dentist ahead of time so that your dentist is better prepared to speak with you and make you more comfortable throughout your operation.

If you talk to the dentist about all the fears that you have, this will reduce the anxiety that you have when undergoing a dental procedure. The anxiety levels will also be reduced by getting involved in other things like listening to music by the use of headphones will reduce anxiety.
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