Tips to Combat Dental Anxiety

23726302 - santa claus whispering in boy's ear against christmas treeThis time of year is wonderful with all the family and guests in town. Let’s be honest, planning parties and cooking for large groups can be stressful at times! Having to worry about everyday tasks is overwhelming enough. If you struggle with dental anxiety, trying to get in before the end of the year might be more than you can handle. Here’s the catch, we can help! Don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from your routine dental visits.

Here are a few quick tips to think about before you get into the dental chair next time!

  1. Speak Up: First and foremost, if you feel anxiety, tell your dental professional! Don’t silently suffer in their chair. Some people want to know exactly what is going on and that brings them comfort, and others want to put in earphones and shut everything out. But, dental professionals aren’t mind readers. Tell your dental office what kind of treatment you prefer.
  2. Nitrous Oxide: Ask about receiving Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas,” for dental treatment. This is a gas that you inhale through your nose and acts quickly to help you to relax. With this, you don’t need a driver. As soon as the gas is turned off, you go back to normal and are free to head back to school, work, etc.
  3. Oral Medication: Prescribed oral medication can help relax and calm an anxious patient. With this type of medication, you are a notch above being knocked out. This type of medication is prescribed for an extremely anxious patient. A driver will be necessary, and you would need the rest of the day off to sleep and regain full awareness. You are still conscious, but don’t necessarily remember specifics of the dental procedure performed.
  4. Anything For Comfort: Ask to get a blanket or a towel (based in your office). Bring your own iPod, iPad, cellphone, to help block out noises and keep your mind in another place. Most offices don’t mind at all.
  5. Raise Your Hand: Finally, just raise your hand if you feel you need a break. Everyone needs a break, and most dental professionals understand that. You are in control. If you are ready for a break, just let you dental team know.

Helping you manage your dental anxiety is our free gift to you! Dental health is our #1 priority. At Victory Dental in Boise, Idaho, we want to help you achieve your oral health goals. Call our office today! (208) 402-1040