Dental Anxieties: Ways To Stop The Fear Of Dental Chair
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Thomas Mahar
Every year, dental anxiety prevents millions of Americans from going to the dentist. The consequences of this can be far-reaching and increasingly damaging to your health. If you don't take proper care of your oral health, you will inevitably suffer from dental pain and lost tooth, among other things. However, research also shows that oral infections can infect other areas of the body and cause cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Whatever your reasons are for going for a dental checkup, Dr. Mahar and Thomas F. Mahar, DDS at Mahar Dental will make sure not only your dental health, but your dental anxiety is also taken care of. To get rid of your fear of dentists, you can follow these strategies:
Talking About Your Fears
If you have dental anxiety, the best thing you can do is to share your fears with us. Let us know what your concerns are and tell us about any bad dental experiences you have in the past. Doing so will not just lessen your fear; it can help us come up with a treatment plan that can put you at ease further.
Listening to the ominous sound of the drill can be very off-putting to people. However, there are many things that can help you distract you:
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Ask for Sedation
You can ask us the extent of discomfort you may expect during the procedure. If you want to, don't be afraid to ask for sedation to keep away anxiety.
Take a Friend
Taking a close friend or a family member who understands your worries with you can also help reduce dental anxiety.
The more you delay going to the dentist, the higher will be your risk of developing lost-lasting dental problems. Visiting us at Mahar Dental for your routine dental appointments can reduce fear over time and make your visits easier. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (315) 766-2770.