Millions of Americans have a legitimate fear or phobia about visiting the dentist. Which means that if you share this fear, you are not alone. Even in Olathe, KS, there are probably lots of folks that feel the same way. While the fear may be common, it can be dangerous to your smile when not overcome. Routine dental care is essential to your smile’s health. If you are avoiding it out of fear or anxiety, you could be leaving your smile in danger of issues you may not be able to avoid. We have a few tips that may help you to overcome being afraid of going to the dentist.
Talking to Your Dental Team
A lot of people have very specific fears at the root of their dental anxiety. There are some people that may have experienced a traumatic experience at the dentist in their past. Some people are afraid of possible pain. Some may be embarrassed about how long it has been since their last dental visit. Fear can be caused for some just over financial issues. Whatever the issue (or even if you cannot pinpoint the exact issue), it should be discussed with your dental team. Your dentist wants to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Talking out your fears can help them to help you.
Distracting the Fear
Sometimes the best thing you can do for fear is just to distract yourself from it. Headphones for listening to music or watching television can be helpful. Even something as simple as a fidget spinner or thinking of your happy place can be very helpful.
Depending on your level of anxiety or fear, your dentist may recommend sedation. Ranging from a pill to an IV, there are different forms of sedatives that can help in different situations.
We want you to have a comfortable experience.
You can overcome dental fear or anxiety. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities