Dental anxiety and how to tackle it !

Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. Dental fear is a problem that needs to be tackled head on, however, as our oral hygiene is incredibly important for our health, here are some strategies of helping you to tackling coming to see us:

Overcoming Mild Dental Anxiety
Mild dental anxiety is discomfort and nervousness at the dentist (as opposed to terror and panic). It can be treated in a number of ways:

Talking to your dentist is the first step to overcoming your dental fears. Make sure your dentist understands your exact fears and work with them to make your appointment as relaxed as possible by taking breaks and letting them put you at ease.

Practicing breathing techniques
Controlled breathing relaxes your body and shifts your focus to other things in order to preoccupy your mind. This is fantastic when you are at the dentist as you can avoid a lot of discomfort and anxiety. The easiest breathing techniques simply involve inhaling and exhaling through your nose for a slow count of three – so three seconds breathing in, followed by three seconds breathing out. This technique is particularly useful as it also overcomes the breathing issues many of us feel when things are in our mouth.

Using relaxation techniques
There are a number of relaxation techniques that may work for you. You could bring music into your appointment with you, ask to have your favourite radio station on or just have the nurse chatting to you. Different relaxation and distraction techniques work for different people so try and find something that will work well for you.

*information from oral health foundation:

We are a friendly team at Parkway Dentalcare and completely understand the fears you may have when coming to the dentist, we are here to help and guide you :)

3 thoughts on “Dental anxiety and how to tackle it !

  1. I suffer with mild autism part of my autism I get nervous and anxious about attending health appointments I’m more anxious about attending dental appointments than any other health appointments

    • Hi Stacey, thanks for your comment 🙂 we at Parkway are a fabulous team and very sympathetic to how nervous people get! so don’t worry your in good hands.
      all the best

  2. It’s just a general thing for people with autism/ anxiety you have to be able to trust someone completely especially with medical appointments. I’m very lucky to have found someone there who i trust more than members of my own family. I strongly recommend if your nervous or anything speak to someone there they don’t bite there all lovely, they don’t judge they are there to do there jobs and they take pride in there customer care unlike other local dentist who decided they wanted to do a filling without any pain relief or numming (wanted to use the actual word turns out I cant spell it), and other dentist who wanted to do stuff with my teeth that I wasn’t happy for them to do. Your all a wonderful team not enough praise can be given. For anyone who suffers with dental anxiety this practice can not be recommend enough.

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