Visiting your dentist regularly is vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, dental anxiety can prevent some people from getting the dental care they need for their oral health. Dental anxiety is a stress response to dental settings where the patient feels heightened discomfort. It’s a common issue that affects 36% of the population.
Despite the prevalence of dental anxiety, visiting the dentist today has never been more comfortable, pain-free, and easy due to modern dental techniques and technology. If you experience dental anxiety or phobias, there are several helpful tips you can use to help ease your mind before visiting TruBlu Dentistry.
1. Share Your Concerns
At TruBlu Dentistry, our dentists understand that visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience for some patients. We have all the knowledge and expertise to put your mind at ease and are more than happy to talk about any worries or concerns you may have about your treatment and oral health.
Ask questions about your treatment, including the tools your dentist uses and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Learning more about your upcoming treatment and what’s involved can help put your mind at ease.
2. Bring a Friend
The presence of someone you care about can help you manage symptoms of dental anxiety. Ask your dentist if you can bring someone into the surgery with you. You may be unable to talk, but their presence may make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.
3. Ask About DentalVibe®
Pain surrounding injections is a primary cause of dental anxiety. DentalVibe® is a simple yet effective tool to help alleviate this anxiety. DentalVibe® is a device that creates a gentle vibration around the injection site.
The pain-free vibrations overload the nerves, which normally feel pain when the dentist injects your gums. You won’t be able to feel the pain of the injection, and DentalVibe® also helps spread the anesthesia faster, so you’ll feel its numbing effects even quicker.
4. Wear Earphones
Wearing headphones and listening to music or streaming your favorite series can help distract you from anxiety surrounding dental procedures. The noise from the earphones helps drown out the sound and vibrations from dental handpieces.
5. Practice Deep Breathing Techniques
Studies have shown that deep abdominal breathing can lower your heart rate and decrease cortisol production to reduce stress and anxiety. You can practice deep breathing while in the waiting room or the dentist’s chair by placing your hands facing inward on either side of your navel.
Inhale, inflating your stomach like a balloon for five seconds. Hold your breath for five seconds, then exhale for five seconds, deflating your abdomen.
Anxiety-Free Appointments with TruBlu Dentistry
At TruBlu Dentistry, we make sure that your appointments are stress-free and comfortable. We’re happy to talk about any concerns you may have so you can have a positive dental experience at our practice.
We have offices in Burbank and Hegewisch. Contact us today to learn more about our services and book your appointment.