Three Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety
If you start missing dental appointments because of anxiety, fear is not your only problem. Lack of oral health care causes smaller dental problems to add up until you have no choice but to go to the dentist. By that point, you may have put your oral health in serious jeopardy.
Ravena, NY dentist Dr. Michael Huang has seen the damage caused by anxiety and missed appointments. Overcoming your stress abut dental care is vital for good oral health, and we are here to support you in any way you need.
- Choose a Supportive Dentist – Any relationship with a healthcare professional needs to be based on trust. You cannot protect your oral health if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your feelings with your dentist. If he or she is impatient with you or doesn’t listen to your concerns, you should find another dentist.
- Share Your Concerns – Dental anxiety means different things to different people. For many, anxiety starts in childhood with a bad dental experience. Others may dread the thought of an injection or shrink at the sound of a drill. Understanding the source of your anxiety and sharing it with your dentist benefits both of you.
- Ask about Sedation Methods – Do some online research to find a dentist who offers sedation to help you relax. Sedation using nitrous oxide is one method that allows you to relax and remain comfortable for the duration of your appointment. When we finish your treatment, we stop administering the gas, and you can go on with your day with no lingering effects.
Please do not be hard on yourself if you suffer from dental anxiety; it is a very real problem that affects millions of people just like you. Dr. Huang and the team at our Ravena dental office pride ourselves on gentle, compassionate treatment in a warm and friendly environment.
If you experience anxiety, call us; we can help!