Don’t let anxiety affect your oral health

Unfortunately, many of us feel some form of anxiety when we visit the dentist.  But going for dental check-ups regularly is vital for your oral health and should never be put off just because you feel nervous about it.  Even though most people are aware of this, they can find themselves skipping dentist appointments, or not making any appointments at all.

It’s an unfortunate but unavoidable truth that some people are very uncomfortable when they sit in the dentist’s chair.  This anxiety can be caused by a number of reasons.

Maybe they had an unpleasant experience with a dentist earlier in life, or perhaps as a child they never really got into the routine of going to the dentist in the first place.  They might be dreading the pain, the sense of helpless lack of control, and a loss of personal space.

Generally the anxiety comes down to unfamiliarity mixed with a bit of fear.  But the truth is that dental technology has come a long way, even since when you were a child, and most routine procedures carried out today in dental practices are pain-free and non-invasive.

The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss any fears you may have beforehand with your dentist.  Once your dentist is informed, they will be better able to work with you to find the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.  If your dentist doesn’t take your anxiety seriously, find another dentist.

If a lack of control is a major issue for you, actively participating in discussion with your dentist can ease your tension.  Ask your dentist to explain every stage of the procedure to you.  This way you can mentally prepare for what will happen.  Another helpful strategy can be to establish a signal, such as raising your hand, when you want your dentist to stop immediately.  Use this signal whenever you are feeling overly anxious.  It will allow you to shift in your seat, rinse your mouth, or simply catch your breath.

Whatever you do, make sure that your anxiety about going to the dentist doesn’t get in the way of maintaining good oral health.  Here at Dental Care Partnership, we are accommodating and welcoming to every patient, no matter how nervous they may feel.  Call us on 0121 354 1922 to book an appointment with one of our friendly team.