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How to Overcome Dental Fear — Tips from Passion Family Dental North Lakes

by | Sep 9, 2021 | Dental Fear

If you ever get anxious just thinking about going to the dentist, you are not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the appointment might hurt, or you haven’t been in a while and are not sure what the dentist will see.

Whatever the reason, the right dental team will make sure your dental and your emotional health are well taken care of.

The more you delay – or don’t see – the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental issues that will make preparing for future dental visits more difficult.

In fact, seeing your dentist regularly can make the whole process – from requesting an appointment to sailing through it – much easier on many levels.

Dental Fear

Dental fear or anxiety refers to the sense of nervousness linked to the unknown.

If you have dental fear, look for a dentist sensitive to your needs and will communicate with you to create a relaxing atmosphere. This way, you will be able to face your anxiety and improve your impressions about dental appointments.

Signs and Symptoms of Dental Fear

People with dental fear may experience:

  • sweating
  • racing heartbeat or palpitations
  • low blood pressure and possible fainting
  • visible distress, crying or signs of panic
  • withdrawal, or using humour or aggression to mask anxiety

Some anxious patients will routinely skip dental appointments and may find it difficult to undergo dental treatments, whether simple or complex.

Tips for Overcoming Dental Fear Effectively

Whether you’re ready to face your fear or you’re getting ready to gradually see the dentist, the following tips can help you stay relaxed during your appointment:

  • See your dentist at a less busy time of day, such as the morning hours. There will be fewer people and fewer tools making noises that could trigger your anxiety.
  • Bring noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds with music to help you relax.
  • Ask a friend or a loved one to come with you during your appointment.
  • Practise deep breathing and other meditation techniques to calm your nerves.

Above all else, know that it’s alright if you need a break at any point during your dental visit. It is also helpful to establish a “signal” with your dentist in advance, so they know when to stop.

You can either continue with your visit when you’re ready or return another day when you feel better.

The Passion Family Dental North Lakes Promise!

If you’re preparing for your dental appointment, think positive thoughts and nothing else. Think about how wonderful it is to have beautiful, healthy teeth afterwards.

When it comes to dental fear, your friendly dentist in North Lakes can help you deal with your concerns by giving the most suitable solution you ever need.

Your dental care partners here at Passion Family Dental North Lakes aim to offer you a comfortable and pain-free dental experience whenever you visit us.

Free parking, explicitly allocated for our patients, is available on site, as well as on-street parking. We are wheelchair friendly!

We are open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Contact us today!

To request an appointment with your North Lakes dentist, call us on (07) 3465 1199 or book online here.

We are your patient-friendly dentist located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.