02/09/2009

Tips to overcome dental anxiety

Majorities of us suffer dental anxiety and are at a loss on how to overcome it.

 

 In fact, 25 million Americans dread a dental appointment so badly that they never visit the dentist.

 

However, the American Dental Association has some reassuring words for us. According to them dental interventions are sophisticated and safe and hence there is no necessity to be anxious about your dental appointment.

 

Here are some tips from them on overcoming dental anxiety.

 

It is often best to share your anxiety. If you are tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.

 

Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you are less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.

 

If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to your favorite music. During the dental visit, you might try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach.

 

The ADA reassures us that these positive techniques work and using them will help us overcome dental anxiety.