Dental Anxiety: 3 Ways to Stop Fearing the Dentist

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There is no reason to fear visiting our Yonge Newmarket dentist — the problem is that anxiety is often irrational. Sometimes, it is caused by a bad experience in the past. Other times, it is due to strange noises, unfamiliar equipment, or fear that procedures will be painful. As you must receive regular checkups and necessary dental treatment to maintain good oral health, your best option is to stop fearing the dentist.

1. Talk to Your Newmarket Dentist

The first thing you need to do is communicate your anxiety with your dentist. Dental fears are nothing unusual — an experienced dentist will have helped many patients overcome their fears.
Once you’ve let the dental staff know how you are feeling, they can take action to make you feel more comfortable. It may involve explaining procedures in-depth, including how something will feel, or progressing slower, even splitting treatment over several appointments.

2. Learn Relaxation Techniques

Simple breathing exercises or using a stress ball can help calm your mind and stop your heart from racing. Other options include distractions like listening to music or watching TV. If you cannot watch something during the appointment, play a funny video before sitting in the dentist’s chair to lighten your mood.

3. Try Dental Sedation

Ask our dentist about dental sedation if the above needs to be increased. It is usually available in three forms: gas, oral, and IV. Gas sedation is the mildest and wears off immediately, meaning you can drive home from the appointment. The oral and IV options are both ideal for moderate sedation.
Find a Newmarket dentist near you who specializes in treating patients with dental phobias. A great option is Dr. Skinazi — Keep 28 Dental Centre. Contact us to book an appointment.