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OVERCOMING DENTAL ANXIETY: YOU'RE NOT ALONE!

Woman scared at dentistDental anxiety is a common feeling that many people experience, and it can range from mild unease to severe fear. The good news is that there are strategies to help you overcome these worries and make your dental visits a more comfortable experience.

Are you nervous about seeing the dentist? You’re not alone!

Dental anxiety is a common feeling that many people experience, and it can range from mild unease to severe fear. The good news is that there are strategies to help you overcome these worries and make your dental visits a more comfortable experience.

We are aware that visiting our dental team still makes some patients anxious—so much so that they don’t go as often as they should and end up with costly complications down the road, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Dental anxiety often stems from fear of the unknown, past negative experiences, or a general fear of pain. It’s essential to acknowledge these feelings and understand that they are entirely normal.

When it comes to dental care though, prevention is still the best medicine. And that begins with regular checkups and dental cleanings at Shenton Park Village Dental. Today, we thought we would offer five tips for taking the pain out of a visit to see us.

1. Ask yourself.

What are you most afraid of? Is it the sound of the drill? Do you have needle phobia? Have you been traumatized by previous dental visits?

The first step in overcoming dental anxiety is to communicate openly with your dentist. Write down your fears, one by one and talk about them during your visit. Share your concerns, fears, and past experiences. Dr Ash and the team are trained to work with anxious patients and can adjust their approach to make you feel more at ease.

2. Don’t wait.

Regular dental checkups can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems, reducing the need for extensive and potentially anxiety-inducing treatments. Simply having your teeth cleaned professionally by the doctor twice a year prevents many, if not most, problems down the road.Remember that prevention is often less invasive and more comfortable.

3. Try a relaxation technique.

Techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, or listening to calming music can help you relax in the dentist’s chair. Just plug in those earphones, close your eyes, and get lost in the music. Listening to tunes can also be a pain killer.

4. Bring a support buddy.

Bring a friend or family member with you to your dental appointments if it helps you feel more comfortable. Having someone you trust by your side can provide emotional support.

5. Ask us.

Before any given procedure, we encourage you to ask Dr Ash, Dr Kathryn or one of our assistants why we’re using the tools we’re using. Ask us what we’re doing, what the tool is used for, and how it benefits you. Also, please ask about anti-anxiety medications we may prescribe to help you relax during your appointment.

6. Reward yourself.

After your dental visit, treat yourself to something you enjoy, whether it’s a favorite meal, a movie night, or a relaxing activity. Rewarding yourself can help create positive associations with dental appointment

If you suffer from dental anxiety, a visit to Shenton Park Village Dental might seem like a daunting prospect. Remember, you’re not alone. We understand that going to the dentist isn’t easy for everyone. By taking proactive steps and seeking support from our caring dental team, you can ensure that your dental visits are as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Our patients at Shenton Park Village Dental are our most important asset, and we strive to create a comfortable experience, no matter how long it has been since your last visit. We hope to see you soon!

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