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Dentist Anxiety Tips That Will Save Your Smile

Dentist Anxiety Tips That Will Save Your Smile

Posted by Christian Escobar on Jan 10 2023, 08:33 PM

Dental anxiety is common, and it’s estimated that up to 75% of Americans experience some degree of dental anxiety. Dental anxiety can keep people from visiting the dentist as often as they should, which often results in tooth decay and gum disease.

Understanding Your Anxiety

When you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone! Many people feel this way, and there are ways to help you cope.

Sometimes it’s helpful to remember that the anxiety and fear you’re feeling might be more related to your fear of the unknown than it is to actual pain. There are so many myths surrounding dentistry that prevent people from seeking the treatment they need to maintain good oral health. Talk to your dentist about your fears and ask questions so you can better understand what is happening during your procedure. Learning more about the issues you are experiencing can help you feel more in control of your dental experience instead of feeling apprehensive and out of control.

Your dentist also wants to work with you to make your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Ask your dentist to explain any procedures you will be going through so you are prepared. If you are nervous or anxious, let your dentist know so they can try to accommodate you. Ask about sedation options if that will help you relax during your treatment. You can also ask your dentist if you can listen to music during your treatment to help calm you down. They can even schedule your appointments around your workday, so there is less disruption to your day.

Avoiding Triggers of Dental Anxiety

There are some basic things you can do to help ease dental anxiety. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, talk to your dentist about what you can do to make it easier on your body and your mind during a visit. Here are some things to consider:

  • Ask a friend or family member to accompany you to your dental appointment. Having someone with you who can provide emotional support and distraction while you sit in the chair can help to make your appointment go more smoothly.
  • Bring headphones and music to listen to during procedures or while waiting for your turn in the exam room. Listening to music, a podcast, or a radio show can help you keep your mind off of your procedure.
  • Ask about sedation options that can help you feel more at ease during your visit. This can include prescribing anti-anxiety medication for you to take at home prior to your visit or administering nitrous oxide during the procedure. Discuss your options with your dentist to determine which option is right for you.
  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before your dental visit. Being well-rested will help to keep your stress levels low so that you can more easily cope with the dental care you need.

Before you come in for a cosmetic dental treatment to boost your smile this holiday season, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist first. For appointments, please call us at (832) 930-7856 or visit us at 12711 Telge Rd Suite #100, Cypress, TX 77429. For more information, please email us at 

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