Dental anxiety is sometimes inaccurately called dental phobia. People who suffer from dental anxiety often feel increased stress during regular dental checkups as well as during dental procedures. People who suffer from a dental phobia are often overwhelmed by an unreasonable fear of the dentist and they avoid regular visits and procedures, which can lead to serious problems.
There are varying degrees of dental anxiety, most of which are influenced by perceived stress. Many people who suffer from dental anxiety also put off seeing their physician.
The fear of pain and a sense of helplessness during the procedure are common sources of anxiety for patients. Other causes of dental anxiety can also be related to a sense of embarrassment or being overly self-conscious. Some people see the mouth as an intimate part of the body and are simply uncomfortable with having a stranger inspect their mouth.
It’s important to keep in mind that dentists and hygienists are trained professionals who are passionate about their chosen field. Their top priority is your oral health. Putting off a regular dental visit or procedure can lead to very serious problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, infections and tooth loss.
There are a few things you can do to help cope with dental anxiety.
Low blood sugar can heighten feelings of anxiety.Try to schedule your appointment in the morning after you have eaten breakfast. If a morning appointment isn’t available, try to schedule for shortly after lunch.
When you are in the waiting room, try to find something to distract you from your anxiety. Reading or listening to something you find funny helps lighten your mood and encourages an overall sense of well-being.
Taking deep breaths is also a common way to relieve many forms of anxiety. Deep breathing can help to lower blood pressure and calm the mind.
Talk to your dental professional and let them know you are feeling anxious so they can help put your fears at ease. Feel free call our office at 208-377-2160 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you again.