1. Find the Right Dentist
The most important thing is that you find the right dentist to work with. Go to several dental practices in your area to see which one offers the most relaxing atmosphere. Talk to the staff at each office and ask them if they offer special provisions for patients with dental anxiety.
2. Talk to the Dentist
Talk to the dentist directly about your anxiety. Many of them are willing to make extra accommodations, such as playing soft music, or creating a “stop” signal that lets you determine if you need to stop the treatment due to your anxiety.
3. Visit the Dental Practice Regularly
The worst thing you can do is wait until you have a major dental problem before you see your dentist. This will only increase your anxiety level. Instead, make regular dental appointments. The more you are able to go to the dentist the less anxiety you will have each time.
4. Learn a Relaxation Technique
Learn one, or more, relaxation techniques before going to the dentist. This could include special breathing techniques, meditation, muscle relaxation, positive self-talk, and more. This will help to keep you relaxed during your treatment.
5. Consider anaesthesia and medication
If your anxiety is still high after trying some of these tips, talk to your dentist about using anxiety medication to help keep you relaxed during your visit. You can also talk to your dentist about using general anaesthesia to sedate you during your treatment.
Dental treatments have greatly improved over the years making the process less intimidating. Dentists today are also more willing to work with their patients through their dental anxiety to help them get the services they need. Following the tips above can help you get the care you need without the increased anxiety level.