conquer dental anxiety

Tips on Conquering Dental Anxiety

Dr Devine Sedation Dentistry

conquer dental anxietyServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

Does going to the dentist, or even the thought of an upcoming dental visit, make you nervous or afraid? You’re not alone. Many people feel extreme nervousness, anxiety, or even fear bordering on outright terror when it comes to seeing the dentist. It’s estimated that anywhere from 9 to 20 percent of all American adults suffer from this condition. These feelings can make it difficult or even impossible to receive dental care, and for those who neglect to go to the dentist because of their anxiety or fear, the need for professional oral health care magnifies. Our sedation dentists in Nashville at Devine Dentistry are committed to making the dental experience comfortable for everyone. Keep reading to learn some tips to overcome your dental anxiety and how we can help.

Don’t go it alone

Having someone there to support you in tough or scary times can be a big boost. See if someone will come with you to your appointment—a friend, spouse, or family member. Due to current protocols, they may only be able to travel to the appointment with you, but just having that comforting presence by your aside before and after the appointment may help lower your anxiety.

Tell your dentist

Your dentist is there to take care of you: the whole you, not just your teeth and mouth. Explain what makes you nervous about going to the dentist; he or she can then recommend some measures to help minimize your fear or explain in detail certain aspects of procedures that make you nervous. You can even set up communication protocols during appointments, such as hand signals.

Turn up the volume

These days, most of us carry our favorite music or podcasts with us on our mobile devices. Consider pulling up your favorite artist, song, or podcast while waiting for your treatment to begin. Depending on what’s planned during the procedure, you even may be able to keep listening during treatment on headphones.

Remember to breathe

Taking deep, steady breaths is one way to calm yourself when feeling nervous. This method of breathing makes you more relaxed and lowers the chance you start to hyperventilate, which will only make you more nervous and even potentially cause panic. We understand that going to the dentist can be harrowing, but try to keep taking deep, regular breaths throughout the entire process of an appointment—before, during, and after the procedure.

Ask questions

Sometimes, anxiety and fear stem from the unknown. If you’re going for a cleaning, you probably know what to expect, but if a more intensive procedure is planned, it’s natural to feel nervous. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your dentist before the treatment begins. This knowledge will give you a better understanding of what to expect and could help alleviate your fearful feelings.

Sedation Dentistry in Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills

It’s natural to be a little nervous about seeing the dentist, especially if you haven’t been in a while, but we understand these feelings may be overwhelming for some. That’s why Devine Dentistry offers sedation dentistry for our patients in Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills. Our methods of sedation are safe and effective, minimizing any nervousness or anxiety while you remain conscious and aware of your surroundings. We offer both oral sedation and nitrous oxide for patients with dental anxiety or another pre-existing condition that can make it difficult to receive care. To find out more, call our office at (615) 269-4209 to schedule your consultation today.