Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Article submitted By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  

If you get a little anxious at the thought of going to the dentist, then you are not alone. About 20% of Americans admit that they avoid dental visits because of fear and anxiety. In fact, dental phobia is a very serious problem that can leave people panic stricken at the thought of sitting in the dentist chair.

Many patients say that they only go to the dentist when they’re in pain because of dental anxiety. Below are a few signs that you may have this phobia:

Intense anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist

Trouble sleeping the night before your visit

Feeling physically ill or crying at the thought of visiting the dentist

Nervousness and sweaty palms that escalate while waiting in the dentist’s office

Causes of Dental Anxiety

There are a number of reasons why people have dental anxiety or phobias. In many cases those who experience intense fear about going to the dentist had poor experiences as children. Going to the orthodontist is much less problematic. Though some of the procedures can be uncomfortable, people generally do not associate pain with their orthodontal visits.

Speak to Your Dentist or Orthodontist

Let your dentist or orthodontist know about your fear of dentists and asked them to recommend some exercises that might help. A few simple biofeedback or breathing exercises can help you to relax. If your fear is especially strong, your doctor might suggest taking a muscle relaxer before your visit.

Ask your dentist to explain what’s happening at each stage of the procedure. This can help you better prepare. You can also establish a signal system with your dentist where you will raise your hand if you’re feeling uncomfortable or need a moment to catch your breath.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  Dr. Mark Rashidi at Remarkable Smiles is a highly experienced orthodontist in Irvine, serving Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel areas. Types of braces offered include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign. Call to get more info.

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