Reduce Your Dental Anxiety with These 4 Steps

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Dental anxiety is a real problem for both children and adults. In fact, it’s such a problem that many people avoid their dental appointments and endure pain as a result. However, this doesn’t have to be the case—especially for you. There are many things you can do to ease your dental anxiety in Hermitage, Tennessee, and those things are:

Talk to the Dentist

If you tell your dentist how you feel in the dental chair, he will know how to manage and help with your dental phobia. Your dentist will be extra careful and extra gentle as he performs the needed treatment.

Bring Music

Music might help you calm down a bit, so bring an iPod or CD player into the office with you. During your treatment, listen to calming and relaxing songs and try to focus on the music rather than your treatment.

Discuss Dental Sedation

Dental sedation can help you more than you might realize. Dentists offer it to their patients to provide a calm and relaxing dental experience. There are many sedative options available, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation. If you are interested in taking advantage of a sedative, please feel free to discuss your options with your dentist.

Determine A “Stop” Signal

Having a stop signal will help you have the control you want during your appointment. Whenever you feel nervous, scared, or uncomfortable, just show your dentist the signal and he will give you the break you need. The signal could be something as simple as raising your hand, blinking three times, or making a coughing sound.

If you would like more tips on how to relieve your dental anxiety and fears, please feel free to call our team at 615-889-8202 and speak to a member of our caring staff. Dr. Brandon Burger will also be happy to help you in any way he can. We look forward to hearing from you!