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Dental phobia is real. Why the fear of the dentist?
People are anxious about dental visits for different reasons.
Some anticipate pain. Others worry that the dentist might be rushed or neglect their concerns. Additional stressors include negative memories of past experiences and even the sterile smell of the dental office. Sometimes, simply interrupting the normal day's routine for a dentist visit creates anxiety.
If unaddressed, dental anxiety can lead to future oral health problems
If you’re nervous about an upcoming dental visit, try these ways to curb your anxiety:
When people are nervous they tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases levels of panic.
You can learn some meditation techniques, focus on slow, regular breathing which helps reduce stress levels.
If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring along your favorite music playlist and earphones.
It is totally okay to listen to music through your headphone during a dental treatment.
Avoid caffeine before a dental appointment.
Eat high-protein foods which – unlike sugary foods – produce a calming effect.
You can learn some basic hand signals from the dentist itself to communicate during the procedure. When you feel uncomfortable, signal the dentist to ease off or stop the procedure. This also avoids any mishap from happening while your dentist is treating your teeth with a running instrument.
Select a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure.
This might mean a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.
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