Dental anxiety is different than dental phobia. People who suffer from dental anxiety often feel increased stress during regular dental checkups as well as during dental procedures.
It’s important to keep in mind that dental anxiety is a form of perceived stress. There are varying degrees of dental anxiety and many of them can be coped with or resolved by keeping a few simple things in mind.
The fear of pain and a sense of helplessness during procedures can be common sources of anxiety for patients. Sometimes people will also feel overly self-conscious and feel that the mouth as an intimate part of the body.
There are a few things you can do to help cope with dental anxiety.
If possible, you should try to schedule your appointment in the morning. It could be after you have eaten breakfast or in the afternoon shortly after lunch. Low blood sugar can sometimes heighten feelings of anxiety.
While you’re waiting try to find something to distract you from dwelling on your anxiety. Humor helps lighten your mood and encourages an overall sense of wellbeing. So try listening to or read something you find funny.
Taking deep breaths is also a common way to relieve many forms of anxiety. Deep breathing can help lower blood pressure and calm the mind.
It’s important to keep in mind that our dentist and hygienists are trained professionals. We are passionate about our field and about preserving your good oral health. When you come in, talk to our team and let us know you are feeling anxiety so we can help put your fears at ease.
Please call our office at 903-710-2309 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you again.