Statistics show that about 30 to 40 million Americans suffer from dental anxiety or fear of going to the dentist, which means it is very common for a lot of people to miss and delay dental appointments until they have no other choice but to go.
When this happens, however, the dental problems are, unfortunately, quite serious already.
While exhibiting nervous habits when going to the dentist may seem like a small issue, it impacts one's overall health, in the long run, considering the strong association between oral problems and life-threatening conditions like heart and lung diseases.
Tips to Cope with Dental AnxietyIf you are one of the many individuals who feel nervous and scared going visiting us even for a routine dental check-up, you should not keep it to yourself but tell us your concerns.
Try to explain why going to the dentist is such a huge ordeal for you. Feel free to ask questions also and to share your thoughts on how we can make you feel more comfortable.
You can also learn how to focus on something else, so you do not have to think too much about your dental visit. You can bring earphones and listen to your favorite music or audio book while you are sitting in the dental chair. You can also have a stress ball that you can squeeze any time you feel nervous.
If you have experience in meditation or deep thinking, you can also control your thoughts and imagine your "happy place" while you go through the necessary dental procedures. This way you will be more relaxed and calm. Carrying out simple breathing exercises before your turn might also help you.
These are just some of the easiest ways to ease your dental anxiety. Ultimately, just remember that we are here to help you achieve good oral health, nothing less. By focusing on the benefits of visiting us instead of your unfounded fears, you may slowly gain the courage to set an appointment and meet with us.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (818) 748-9998 today.