Scared of the dentist? Here are some of the best ways to deal with dental anxiety and fear.

Having a serious phobia of anything can make life extremely difficult, but a fear of the dentist can lead to pain, irreversible damage of the teeth and gums and eventually, tooth loss. According to the Oral Health Foundation, over 10 million British adults suffer from some form of dental anxiety and a staggering 1 out of 5 adults in Britain admits to being afraid of visiting the dentist.

Although attempting to overcome your fear can cause worry and distress, there are effective methods that can help you say goodbye to your dental anxieties.

Let us know you’re nervous, anxious or have a phobia.

If you’re scared of going to the dentist but want to attend, the first step is to call your dentist and inform them about your specific fears. This will allow them to make appropriate arrangements and take measures so that you don’t feel anxious during your visit. Your dentist will also take steps to ensure that you remain pain-free and relaxed during your treatment

Listen to Music

Did you know that listening to music can help you calm down in the dentist’s surgery? Bring your headphones along with you to your appointment and play your favourite songs to reduce anxiety and allow the music to act as a distraction. Listening to relaxing sounds alongside deep breath work techniques can help reduce the onset of panic.

Understanding the Dental Setting

Dental treatment has been completely transformed over the years. It’s possible for dental treatment to cause the patient no pain at all. Numbing gels can be used to numb the gum area before you are given injections and the injections themselves have been developed to cause little to no pain. Lying back in the chair can be quite a vulnerable experience if you are apprehensive, your dentist and dental nurse can talk you through the procedure so that you’re fully aware of what your appointment will entail before going ahead.

If your fear is too extreme and you’re unable to find any coping mechanisms that work for you, you can ask to be referred to a sedation clinic. Sedation clinics are used only for nervous and anxious patients to allow dentists to carry out necessary work without putting a fearful patient through too much stress.

Sedation comes in two forms inhalation sedation, which is delivered through a nose piece and is similar to gas and air, or intravenous sedation, which is delivered through an injection in your hand or arm. Intravenous sedation is not for putting you to sleep and you will be awake during treatment but they do calm patients and relax them. Patients usually don’t remember the procedure afterwards.

If you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety or phobia, it is important that you visit a dentist who has obtained additional training in treating anxious or apprehensive patients. If you live in Liverpool, your best option is to visit Crosby Dental. Our highly experienced dentists are expertly trained in treating patients with dental phobia and are known for their gentle and friendly approach. So, book an appointment today and let us help you overcome your dental fears.

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