Five tips to ease dental anxiety

Does worry keep you awake at night before a dental visit? Maybe your nerves feel jittery in the waiting room? You might feel like your heart is pounding in the dental chair or you might even feel physically sick. These are all signs of dental anxiety.

Our team at Inspiring Smiles Dentistry of Charlotte knows that dental anxiety is real. If you stress about going to the dentist, you are not alone. Some studies suggest that approximately 15 percent of Americans have a fear of going to a dentist.

Many people suffering from dental anxiety avoid or delay routine dental exams. They also may procrastinate addressing a dental problem, which can lead to more severe dental health issues. Patients with anxiety might also pass on cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve the look of a smile and boost self-confidence.

Practice the following tips to help ease your dental anxiety.

  • Let our staff know you have dental anxiety. Help our team at Inspiring Smiles Dentistry of Charlotte best help you have a positive experience. Notify our dental staff about your anxiety when you schedule a dental appointment. Don’t feel embarrassed. Feel empowered. Your honesty about your stress helps Dr. Gross and his cosmetic dentistry team better prepare for your visit.
  • Arrive early to your dental appointment. Rushing to get to an appointment or being late creates anxiety for anyone. Plan to arrive early to Inspiring Smiles Dentistry of Charlotte on the day of dental appointment.
  • Think about the source of your stress. Is it the sound of the dental equipment that triggers the panic? Do you feel a lack of control in the dental chair? Are you afraid something might be painful? Did you have a previous experience at a dental office that was negative? Identifying what you’re most anxious about helps Dr. Gross and his team at Inspiring Smiles Dentistry adequately prepare for your visit and schedule more time.
  • Listen to calming music. Some people find that listening to music before and during dental visits helps reduce anxiety.
  • Try relaxed breathing technique. Slow, deep inhales and exhales can reduce your heart rate and help relax your muscles.

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