Are you someone with dental fear? It is quite common among everyone and is not something one needs to be ashamed of. If you are someone with dental fear, here are a few tips to ease them
Agree on a signal
You need to have a signal that your dentist or hygienist will understand to let you know that you are uncomfortable and need a break. You can use a hand signal, such as raising your hand up halfway. This way, you can let your dentist know right away that you will need a break so they can stop immediately and prevent you from experiencing any pain.
By agreeing on signals beforehand, you and your dentist can both proceed through your appointment without worrying that you won't be able to communicate when you need a break.
Bring a distraction to occupy your mind during procedures
Another option is to bring a distraction when you're undergoing treatment. Music is a great way to occupy your thoughts while you're in the dentist's chair. You can also read a book or go on your phone to keep you occupied while you wait for the appointment to end.
Some dentists allow you to bring headphones or to listen to music during the procedure to help you remain calm and relaxed. Listening to music can help distract you from your anxiety. It can also relax your body's muscles that tense up during a painful procedure. However, it's best to ask your dentist if it's okay for you to bring headphones to your appointment. You wouldn't want to ruin their equipment with your earbuds!
Discuss your fears with your dentist
Many patients have dental fear but are hesitant to communicate them to the dentist. Whatever it is that you're worried about, talk about it with your dentist. They are there for you to ensure that you are getting the best care possible. They don't want to hurt you or perform a treatment on you that you don't need. That's why it's important to voice your concerns to them. Let them know what you're feeling scared about so that we can help you address it.
Consider sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. The medications used can be inhaled or given by mouth. There are a number of different types of medications that may be used, and your dentist will discuss your options to determine which type is best for you.
To schedule a consultation with our dentist, contact Smile Orthodontics at 530 39th St, Des Moines, 50312, or call (515) 274-4637.
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