By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
May 05, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  
Not many people actually look forward to going to the dentist. But for some people the mere thought of the dentist chair can evoke such an intense fear that they lose sleep at night and avoid visiting the dentist at all. 
 
Skipping routine visits to our dentist in Ann Arbor is never a good idea. Your teeth need the extra care and professional attention that can only come from a trained dental professional.  Luckily there are simple ways to overcome your dental anxiety, starting by establishing a good relationship with our Ann Arbor dentist.  With improved communication, you can conquer your fears to get the dental care your teeth and gums need and deserve.  
 
Dental Anxiety is Normal
 
Many people suffer from dental anxiety. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of their fears of the dentist chair. While there are not defined symptoms of dental anxiety, common characteristics include:
  • You experience difficulty sleeping the night before a dental exam.
  • You become increasingly nervous and uneasy while you are in the waiting room.
  • You become anxious at the sight or smell of dental instruments.
  • You panic during a procedure and may have difficulty breathing.
Whether negative past experiences, a loss of control, or a fear of pain are the result of your dental anxieties, you are not alone.
 
Tips for Easing Fears Related to Dentistry
 
Many people can calm their fears of dental care by following a few simple strategies. Listen to our Ann Arbor dentist and follow these simple tips for calming your fears. 
  • Express your concerns.  Communicating your fears and misgivings to your dentist is often the best way to overcome your dental anxiety.  Your dentist has handled numerous fearful patients, and is specially trained to calm your fears and make your visit as relaxed and stress free as possible. Once you get to know and trust your dentist, you’ll feel much better about receiving his care.
  • Let your mind wander.  Sometimes simply distracting yourself during your dental appointment is enough to relieve your fears.  Many dentists today offer amenities and devices to help you take your mind elsewhere during treatment.  Warm blankets, music players, televisions and video games are just a few examples of ways you can distract yourself from intimidating sights, smells and sounds.  With your focus elsewhere, your treatment will be over before you know it.
  • Create hand signals.  Work with your dentist to come up with some type of gesture that signifies you need your dentist to pause the procedure or give you a break.  This may be a simple hand raise that alerts your dentist that you’re uncomfortable or afraid during a procedure. When your dentist sees your hand go up, he will know to stop what he is doing and check on your status.
  • Medications and sedation.  For some patients, sedations, anesthesia or nitrous oxide can help calm nerves.  Our dentist in Ann Arbor, MI can discuss the types of medications used as well as the type that may be most suitable for you and your needs.
When you are in doubt or worried about a procedure, always contact our office.  Our general dentist in Ann Arbor can answer any questions you may have and work with you to ensure your appointment is as comfortable as possible. As you get to know our Ann Arbor, MI dentist, every visit should feel more and more relaxed.  And your teeth will thank you for it!

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