Tips for Relieving Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is more common than some people think. In fact, this type of anxiety can be so severe that some patients may forego necessary dental treatment because the thought of being in a dentist’s office induces intense panic and fear. Our dentist understands that dental anxiety is problematic to some patients and for this reason, we offer sedation dentistry at our practice for those who need help overcoming their fears. We provide nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and conscious sedation to facilitate a positive and comfortable experience. If you suffer from dental anxieties and phobias, consider utilizing the following tips.
Ask about Anti-Anxiety Medication & Sedation
If you have anxiety and phobias related to dental treatment, feel welcomed to bring this up with our dentist at your consultation. We do not want our patients to fear procedures like root canal treatment. With sedation dentistry options like oral or conscious sedation, we can provide a comfortable, worry-free experience that will make receiving treatment easier than ever before. The anti-anxiety medication used in conscious and oral sedation is formulated to stop the chemical reactions that produce feelings of intense fear and panic. If you prefer not to take prescription medication, nitrous oxide gas may be beneficial to you. Nitrous oxide is a gas that produces warm, euphoric and calming feelings without lingering effects after treatment.
Try Deep Breathing
When having anxiety, it is important to focus on your breathing. Panic can make us breathe erratically, which can exacerbate the symptoms of anxiety. If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, make a conscientious effort to breathe deeply and slowly. Focus on each inhalation and exhalation to help produce a calmer state of mind.
Practice Grounding Techniques
Grounding techniques are particularly useful for combating anxiety with logical thought processes. For instance, when you begin to feel panic you can utilize the following simple exercise: Mentally list four things you can see, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. By focusing on your senses, you can take your mind’s focus off your fears.
If you have an upcoming root canal treatment scheduled and have questions about your sedation options, call us today to speak with our dentist.