Overcoming the Fear of the Dentist

overcome dental anxietyDoes the thought of scheduling a dental appointment fill you with butterflies?

You’re not alone. Dental anxiety is more common than you might think.

Some studies show that as many as 15-20 percent of Americans have a fear of going to the dentist.

For some, their fear comes from a negative childhood experience involving a dental visit. For others, their fear stems from a feeling of lack of control in a dental chair.

Your oral health is too important to allow dental anxiety to prevent you from going to routine dental checkup. If you are afraid to go to the dentist, don’t be embarrassed. We encounter patients all the time that feel the way you do.

At Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we aim to help our patients overcome their dental anxiety and fears.

Don’t postpone your next dental visit to Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Follow these tips and start overcoming your dental anxiety today!

 

4 Steps to Overcome Dental Fear

 

Step 1

Contact your Dental Office before your Visit

We at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, want our patients to have the best experience possible. If you struggle with dental anxiety, we want to know.

It helps Dr. Marra and our skilled dental hygienists to better prepare for your visit. Don’t be embarrassed. We encounter patients all the time that are afraid to visit to the dentist.

Step 2

Identify and explain what’s the Source of your Stress

The more details you provide, the more we can help you have an anxiety free dental visit. Our experienced staff can often work around situations that may be troubling to you.

Would step-by-step instructions about what we are doing before we do it help ease your anxiety? Do you cringe at the sound of the dental equipment?

Whatever it is that you don’t like, let us know.

Step 3

Get to your Appointment Early

Scrambling to an appointment creates anxiety. To create a calm experience, plan to arrive at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry early so you can acclimate yourself to the office and not feel rushed.

Step 4

Listen to Calming Music

Some patients find that listening to music on their iPod while in a dental chair calms their nerves. It also blocks some of the sounds of the dental equipment.

 

 

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