Dental anxiety is the fear of being in the dental office. Some people are afraid of needles or the noises made by the dental equipment in the dental office. Other people fear the pain or discomfort they will experience during a dental procedure. These are all valid fears. However, none of them have to happen. Modern dentistry has made a lot of advancements, so patients can experience pain-free and stress-free visits to the dentist.
Dental phobia is more than just a fear of visiting the dentist. It’s usually accompanied by other anxieties and fears. Dental phobia can lead to avoiding the dentist, which can lead to serious oral issues. Studies show that 7% to 14% of the general population is at least slightly dentally phobic. The number goes up to 30%-50% in specific demographic groups; for example, 50% of school-aged children and teenagers are at least somewhat anxious or fearful about going to the dentist.
Ways to Ease Dental Anxiety in the Dental Office
Communicate With Your Dentist
Sometimes, just talking to your dentist about your concerns can help. Many dentists are willing to discuss options for treatment with you to relieve your anxiety.
Dentists want you to be comfortable during your appointment. They understand that dental anxiety can keep you from getting the care you need.
Bring a Support Person
Bringing a supportive friend or family member to your appointment can ease anxiety. By being there with you, your support person can take notes, ask questions, and help you relax.
Pick the Right Sedation Method
Sedation dentistry is used to provide relaxation and comfort during dental procedures. It uses medications to relax patients. There are several different methods of sedation. Our dentist can discuss them with you and help determine the right one.
There are a number of things you can do while you’re in the dental chair to help combat your anxiety. Listening to your favorite music, focusing on staying calm, and concentrating on your breathing are all great ways to help you relax.
Additionally, try to participate in your treatment whenever possible. The more engaged you are in the process, the less nervous you will be.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our Torrance dentist by calling Nishikawa Family Dentistry at (310) 543-1655 or visiting us at 3556 Torrance Boulevard, Suite C, Torrance, CA 90503.