Dental Health | Tips for Easing Dental Anxiety

Monday, November 20, 2017
We understand most people have a little anxiety about going to the dentist, but for those who have a phobia or severe anxiety about visiting the dentist, bigger problems may develop. 

People who experience dental phobia or dental anxiety tend to not visit the dentist. It is estimated that between 9%-15% of Americans do not go to the dentist because of their fear. By not visiting the dentist, the chances of disease increases and many people do not take the steps to fix it causing them to be in pain or have unsightly teeth. 
Visiting the dentist is a crucial part of keeping a healthy mouth and fighting against dental diseases. For those who do suffer from fear of the dentist, we want to give you some tips on how to help ease your anxiety when going to the dentist.

Go With Someone
Take a friend or family member to the dentist with you and have them stay with you during your procedure or cleaning.
Listen to Music
Bring some headphones and listen to your music during the visit. This will help distract you from any noises that may be going on while your teeth are being worked on.
Focus on Breathing
When you sit down in the chair, focus on your breathing and relaxing your muscles. Keeping your mind focused on these things will help distract you from other thoughts that may make you anxious. 

Do you experience dental anxiety?

If you have been avoiding the dentist, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lechner to discuss your concerns. Visiting the dentist is important for your dental and overall health, and avoiding treatment for any dental issues may lead to even more serious health problems.

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