3 Tips to Help Ease Dental Anxiety

If you feel uneasy or worried before dental appointments, you’re not alone. A high percentage of adults experience some level of dental anxiety. Some get so nervous that they avoid visiting the dentist at all. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with dental anxiety. These tips will help put you at ease so that you can finally get the dental services needed for a healthy and beautiful smile.

1. Speak Up About Your Concerns

One of the best ways to overcome your dental anxiety is to discuss your fear with our dentist. If he knows that this is something you struggle with, he will be better prepared to help you.

We also recommend asking questions about your treatment or procedure. Knowing what to expect is a great way to ease your fear of the unknown. For some patients, the mystery of what goes on during dental visits is the scariest part. 

Another helpful technique is to establish a signal that will tell our dentist you need a break. Most patients choose to raise one of their hands. You can use your signal if you are feeling uncomfortable. 

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2. Distract Yourself From Your Appointment 

Focusing on your exam or treatment can heighten your anxiety. Meanwhile, taking your mind off of it can help you feel more relaxed. Here are some ways that you can distract yourself.

If the sound of dental tools bothers you, wear headphones so you can listen to your favorite music, podcast, or audiobook. We offer BOSE Noise-Canceling headphones for you to use. Alternatively, we provide NuCalm natural relaxation headphones, which minimize stress.

Occupying your hands can also be beneficial. Play with a fidget spinner or squeeze a stress ball. For added relaxation, try mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing exercises.

3. Consider Sedation Dentistry 

You don’t have to conquer your anxiety on your own. Sedation dentistry can offer the help you need. It allows you to relax and let go of your worries so you can get the care that you need.

We offer safe and effective sedation dentistry options. Those options include oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Ask our dentist which type of sedation dentistry is the best match for you.

Schedule Your Dental Consultation Today

Dr. Michael Chung has helped many patients work through their fear of dental treatments. Learn what he can do to make you feel less anxious and more comfortable during a visit to our office.  

Schedule a consultation at 703-319-6990 to get started. Softouch Dental Care proudly serves Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.

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