According to studies, around 50-80% of adults have mild to severe dentophobia. Around 15% of them avoid dental care altogether, thereby increasing their risk of oral health issues.
In this article, our dental care experts at John H. Ko, DDS, in Pleasanton, California, share some simple tips to tackle the anxiety you might have in relation to dental procedures.
This common feeling can be described as fear, stress, or uneasiness before or during a dental appointment.
These feelings are usually due to:
Follow these simple tips to move past your dental anxiety and enjoy good oral health:
Skilled and experienced dentists understand dental anxiety. They will have the resources to manage your fears and will explain treatments to help you stay relaxed. Asking questions and sharing your concerns will facilitate effective dental treatment.
Taking your mind off the treatment may seem difficult but it's not impossible. Listen to an audiobook or music, watch television, or use a stress ball. Use guided imagery and imagine yourself in your ‘happy place’.
Anxiety can worsen in the waiting room or once you are on the dental chair. Studies have found a positive correlation between practicing mindfulness and being less anxious in the dental chair.
See the dentist during less busy hours such as early morning. This is when there will be fewer patients and triggers that could increase your anxiety. This also gives you less time to anticipate and build up stress.
To learn more about dental anxiety and ways to get rid of it, call (925) 847-8790 to schedule your appointment or visit John H. Ko, DDS, at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588.